By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
One of the most important principles in the United States Constitution is the principle of “enumerated powers.” Under this principle, the three branches of the federal government only have the power to do those things that the Constitution says they can do.
Federal Aid to Education and the Poor Is Anti-American and Unconstitutional
A plain reading of the text of the Constitution shows beyond all reasonable doubt that the federal government should not be allowed to give aid to education or the poor. This kind of aid is not only unconstitutional, it also is anti-American. James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” said as much in a speech before Congress on February 6, 1792. In that speech, Madison said such aid is unconstitutional. He also said it “would subvert the very foundation, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America” (The Papers of James Madison, Vol. 14 [Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983], pages 223-224).
Federal Aid to Education and the Poor Is Immoral
Federal aid to education and the poor is immoral. God clearly speaks out against big government in the Hebrew Scriptures (1 Sam. 8). Jesus Christ in the New Testament documents strongly supports the moral teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Hebrew Scriptures, God commands parents to educate their own children. Never does God command the government to educate children and feed the poor, despite many passages that talk about government leaders, judges and kings. Jesus Christ and His apostles clearly teach that families, individuals and churches should take care of the poor, not the government (Matt. 6:1-4 and 1 Tim. 5:3-16). Only political leaders in places like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Red China (and their National Socialist cronies in the two major political parties) believe in government aid to education and the poor. Big Government, in fact, has murdered hundreds of millions of people throughout history, more than any other force, including religion!!!
Federal Aid to Education and the Poor Does Not Work
It’s a well-known fact, supported by research, that federal aid to education in the United States has not improved reading and math scores in the past 50 years. Why do our political leaders and national journalists continue to believe that it will? Are they just willfully ignorant? Are they stupid? Or, are they just plain evil?
It’s also a fact that federal aid to the poor has not conquered poverty but instead has created a poor underclass. Most of the poor now are single women and minorities, so federal aid to the poor must also be racist and sexist. It’s also atheistic (therefore violating any sensible definition of the “separation of church and state,” whether a liberal one or a conservative one). Finally, the welfare state created by naïve and greedy politicians in the 1960s (and sustained by the current crop of overpaid politicians and bureaucrats) has created a cycle of poverty, violence, and sexual immorality. This Godless, neo-fascist welfare state has destroyed families of all skin colors, and the numbers of unwed pregnancies have skyrocketed across all demographic groups.
The Protestant Founding Fathers of our nation believed in a small, limited government. They would have opposed the bloated federal government we now have, as well as the bloated state and county governments that pollute the political waters of our once great nation.
Can we do any less?
Note: Below is the full text of President James Madison’s quote about federal aid to education and the poor, in light of the “general welfare” clause of the United States Constitution:
“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. . . . Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundation, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.” – James Madison, The Papers of James Madison, Vol. 14 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), pages 223-224.