“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson
Our Found Fathers had a very basic premise upon which they based all the worth of the new nation they invented: a man's right to his own life, to his own liberty, to the pursuit of his own happiness. This is so profound an idea that to this day many do not understand it. They did not say for man to sacrifice - no their dictum was for a man to be left alone so he could pursue his values as he sees fit so long as he abides by the law of the land.
What is it about this idea that liberals like Obama and Pelosi find so repelling? What is it in the soul of a liberal that wants to rule over everyone and proscribe his every move and even ideas?
"The basic and crucial political issue of our age is: capitalism versus socialism, or freedom versus statism. For decades, this issue has been silenced, suppressed, evaded, and hidden under the foggy, undefined rubber-terms of "conservatism" and "liberalism" which has lost their original meaning and could be stretched to mean all things to all men.
The goal of the "liberals"-as it emerges from the record of the past decades-was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot-by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli. (Ayn Rand in " 'Extremism,' or The Art of Smearing" in Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal pg 178)