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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/14/2010  5:52 PM
Author:  JoshRandall Number:  534080 of 740233

James Madison, when asked if the "general welfare" clause was a grant of power, replied in 1792, in a letter to Henry Lee,
If not only the means but the objects are unlimited, the parchment [the Constitution] should be thrown into the fire at once. [6] [p.257]

James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, noted that the clause had a narrow meaning. Madison wrote, "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 creators.”
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