Persuasive Essay On General Welfare

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The Preamble to the United States Constitution was a set of ideas to help make the country more ideal. The background behind this can be separated into two different categories. One provided the country with a way to fix their financial debt and beef up the military, which would also lead up to promoting the general welfare even more by including the freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. The other talks about using tax money to help out the ones in need (the lower class) which is a highly debated topic that people have multiple different questions and answers to. General welfare would be described as, “promoting the common good or putting the interests of everyone over the interests of a select group or a few people.”(3). The translations of this section are usually skewed in the interests of that exact person. James Madison once said, “With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creator.”(3). Madison was saying that the government wasn’t controlling every area of life and this shouldn't be taken as literal or you'd have a mess on your hands.
 Promoting the General Welfare, which has partially lost it's meaning over the years historically meant that congress collected taxes in order to pay off debt, build our defenses,
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