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promote the general Welfare

 


Article I Section 8 Clause 1

 

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;

Amendment IV

 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable

searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 

Amendment V

 

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

 

Summary –

 

The Rights of the People are unalienable.  The authority of the People is likewise unalienable.  Those with authority can delegate powers.  The People never surrendered their authority but delegated powers to fulfil certain specific tasks on behalf of the People.  Perhaps the most important, but often less considered, is to live in Tranquility (peace) and for their Life, Liberty and Property (general welfare) to be secured to them.  It is often misunderstood that the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights is where the People derive their Rights.  The fact is that the People only delegated specific limited “power” (not authority) to the government to “secure those Rights” (those unalienable Rights that are God-given).  The People never authorized the government to use their own initiative to solve the problems that were retained by the People.