“As someone who has studied the Constitution, and it’s history, rather well, I gotta say, I believe you to be cherry picking parts of it to suit your ideology. The Constitution was a step up in federal power over the Articles of Confederation. Furthermore, at the time of it’s passage, there was a TON of opposition to it being too centralized. So I find the argument that the Constitution is all about limited government to be specious.
Furthermore, the Constitution does not give specifically listed and enumerated powers. It gives a broad overview of what the Founders thought the government could and should do, and it gave it the powers to do so. The very first power listed contains the authority to provide for the general welfare of society, and I’m sure you’re familiar with the necessary and proper clause. That’s hardly a specific power or desire being granted, rather it’s a broad overview of what view they believed government should do, and left it up to the people and actual representatives to agree on specifics.
The Founder feared government being used for private gains – as opposed to common gains. If the government is instituting policies that are generally good, aimed at the general population, and whose goals are not to promote one private group over another, then it more or less fell within proper governmental authority. Things like universal health care are not necessary against the Constitution, nor Welfare programs – because the goal of such programs are to promote and provide for the GENERAL WELFARE of the United States.
Oh, and it doesn’t mean individuals cannot gain from governmental policies. It just means, for example, the legislature can’t pass a law giving exclusionary rights to a certain company. Like say the East Indies Tea Company to set up shop right in Boston Harbor and avoid tariffs and other taxes.
I find it ironic that many modern “conservatives” misunderstand what the revolution was about just as much as the then-day Britain’s misunderstood what American’s were so upset about."
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”