Article 1 Section 8

Friday, November 6, 2015

Article 1 Section 8

As Madison stated in Federalist No. 45:
Powers delegated to the Federal government are few and defined
Powers remaining in the State governments are numerous and indefinite

Too many in representatives (and citizens) do not understand the authority granted unto congress; this authority is defined in the Constitution with the 18 enumerated powers (Article 1 Section 8).

Really starting at the beginning of the 1900s legislators, presidents, bureaucrats, and justices have bastardized the meaning, intent, and interpretation of these powers and our founding documents in general. Until this is stopped and reversed, we will continue to put band-aids on mortal wounds.

Some of the major violations to the pure constitution are around 3 clauses:
1.General Welfare clause
2.Necessary and Proper clause
3.Commerce clause

Another large departure from original intent of the constitution is when the 14th Amendment was reinterpreted to apply the Bill of Rights (1st 10 Amendments) to the states. This was never the intent of the founders. The entire purpose of the Constitution was to define the purpose and limitations of the general (i.e. federal) government.
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Section 8
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and
Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general
Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be
uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and
with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject
of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the
Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin
of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited
Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings
and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and
Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning
Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be
for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union,
suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for
governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United
States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers,
and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline
prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District
(not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and
the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United
States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent
of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of
Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into
Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this
Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or
Officer thereof.
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  1. TheCoingeek says:

    I love the video and music. Thank you.

  2. John Wood says:

    You realize that the "necessary and proper" clause is in Article 1, Section 8. We would not have been able to organize to go to the moon or mars without it. We could never had been able to regulate pornography during prime-time tv hours, never would have been able to do much with the technology today.

  3. cri8tor says:

    The rich got rich, in part, because of the infrastructure the taxpayers paid for, the civil servants, entrepreneurs and hard working Americans. However, some of them benefited from corruption. Social welfare programs can be viewed as a lubricant for the wheels of society. Yes, there are still those who will take advantage at any level and this is the rust that needs to be removed. Help those in need whether or not you believe in a god, and you can promote a healthier society.

  4. federal401 says:

    When the Founding Fathers said that “WE THE PEOPLE” established the Constitution to “promote the general Welfare,” they did not mean the federal government would have the power to aid education, build roads, and subsidize business. Likewise, Article 1, Section 8 did not give Congress the right to use tax money for whatever social and economic programs Congress might think would be good for the “general welfare.”

  5. Joshua222md says:

    @gospelgirl1964 – As I stated before, you're talking about our unalienable duties (which is not to be mixed up with gov't intervention). Rhetorical question/response to your point – Would God condone you forcing someone else to pay for your Cervical Cancer treatment? This is a conversation better to be had live on my radio show (Saturday's from 12-2pm ET). Listen from anywhere via my website (link at my YouTube Channel or just google 'The Forgotten Men'). I just may cover your topic this week.

  6. gospelgirl1964 says:

    I'm angry. Angry that the laws in place aren't even exercised. But it cost more and more for us to run our country…just paying the idiots in DC.

  7. gospelgirl1964 says:

    ….more than I make? I wouldn't mind paying if I had the money. I've not seen a doctor in more than 6yrs because it simply is not in my budget. So…I die young, simply because I'm too poor to get a mammogram?…Cervical Cancer? I vote to please God, no other. But…I believe God doesn't want those with all the money to be so greedy either. There must be an answer….with or w/o the constitution.

  8. gospelgirl1964 says:

    I get it. I think we should ask….How does God think we are doing? What should we do…looking from His perspective? Back in the day, people helped each other. Now we depend on the govt because people stopped helping their neighbors. I help mine all the time, when I can. However, I'm poor and white. I have a BS degree and can't even get a job a McDonald's because I'm too old. When I do find work, they pay the minimum. How do I pay for health insurance when the premium is more than …

  9. Joshua222md says:

    @henryfio – Who's the useful idiot?

  10. Joshua222md says:

    @henryfio – I think you're a little mixed up brother. I've advocated against 'National Healthcare'. Gospelgirl was the person indicating that 'free HC' should be a right. Please re-read the comments and see my interview on FOX&Friends after the Aug 2009 Cardin Townhall (along with my many blog posts on this subject found in the blog archive at The Forgotten Men website – link found on my YouTube Channel).

  11. Henry Fiorini says:

    Gossip Girl, disgard the comment from me. It was intended for that useful idiot Joshua.

  12. Henry Fiorini says:

    @Joshua222md Grow up Josh. National health insurance = death. Ask anyone from the UK.

  13. Joshua222md says:

    @gospelgirl1964 – The gov't cannot force an individual to provide for another individuals needs. Providing for another’s needs is an example of Unalienable Duties, however this is outside the realm of federal gov't. "Free" HC is a fallacy. An individual doesn't have the right to HC @ another individuals expense. An individual does have the right to not have a 3rd party interfere w/ someone providing HC to them. Something cannot be a right, if someone else must provide it. More @ my blog archive.

  14. gospelgirl1964 says:

    @Joshua222md Joshua…Do you think that it is a "right" to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when the loss of life means no affordable access to healthcare? In otherwords, shouldn't the access to free healthcare be a right to ALL PEOPLE, not just those who can afford to go to the doctor? …a tea party member

  15. AroundSun says:

    That is the problem. Because there is benevolent intent, a constitutional violation is acceptable? Its not socialism or communism if it benevolent? So long as benevolence rules the day, any respect to the limits of government go out the window? If the govt says, we don't want the freedom of speech cause some people are offended by what you say, that's benevolence. We believe we have the right to
    house the homeless, in your home! That is benevolence!

  16. CWSmith1982 says:

    @d3p3ch3mod3 I love it when people need to portray themselves with a false sense of security in an arguement by typing the overused acronym of "lol". So your telling me that liberals didnt use the words "Bush Docturine" in a snyde manner to thrash him? Also the words "hilarious backfire" tells us that you are not looking at this from an unbiased point of view. Especially when he was backed by 75% of congress to implement the "Bush Docturine". Facts are stubborn arent they?

  17. d3p3ch3mod3 says:

    @CWSmith1982 lol how did i "prove your point" when you said that the bush doctrine was made up by liberals to make bush look bad when it was made up by conservatives to make him look good and make people think of the reagan doctrine and the monroe doctrine

    Obviously what happened was that Bush made the term "doctrine" look bad after conservatives tried to use the term to make him look good. Hilarious backfire.

  18. CWSmith1982 says:

    @d3p3ch3mod3 Thank you for proving my point. The term Bush Docturine was never a term made up by the whitehouse. It was a fictional docturine that seemed to change for every news channel you watched. Despite however Krouthammer used it first, the news channels used it to beat him over the head later, meaning something different depending on the channel you were watching.

  19. CWSmith1982 says:

    @d3p3ch3mod3 Thank you for proving my point.

  20. d3p3ch3mod3 says:

    Bush Doctrine was coined by fucking Krauthammer from Fox News before 9/11 even happened in an attempt to make Bush into Reagan because of the Reagan Doctrine. He made up the term Bush Doctrine because Krauthammer supported the Iraq War and wanted Bush's name to be stamped on the glorious outcome

  21. Richard Blackmore says:

    Actually the 16th amendment was very strongly supported by the temperance movement which understood that the Federal Government was highly dependent on taxation of liqour. In order to get the 18th amendment passed there had to be some form of taxation which replaced the income from alchohal taxes.

  22. wind0wninja says:

    To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and
    Offenses against the Law of Nations;

    Now read the Law of Nations. See: Vittal

  23. matthewsolis247 says:

    Oh My GOD! Someone reading the constitution and educating themselves and others! She must be a terrorist! Quickly, ready the cattle cars en route to your nearest FEMA re-education center!

    So… dont think it will happen? That's funny… Neither did the Jews! Oh well, hope you all enjoy your trips down "History Repeats It's self Lane" (poor bastards)

  24. andrewrosso says:

    and the 16th sayes The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration."I didnt see any federal reserve bank. and our income tax goes to them not the congress.

  25. andrewrosso says:

    unforunately ur stupid and dont know the law. A supreme court case said in 1920s that the 16th amenment has no new taxing power so if you werent taxable beofoe the 16th then your not taxable after the 16th.
    artical 1 sec. 9 sayes": No capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken."

  26. skinnychef says:


  27. andrewrosso says:

    there is no law to pay income tax?

  28. skinnychef says:

    hiya mr. green!
    yeah, this was a hard project for me. i read the whole damn thing, just so it would be up as a reference, and it took days!!! hahah! not my finest work, but i stand by it. how's trix w/ you mr?

  29. skinnychef says:

    you ar ewelcome honey. just want to get it out there…not the best video, but i'll never be popular…hahahah!

  30. Daligoddess says:

    thank you ~PEACE~

  31. says:

    thank you, peace, kimo

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