Magazine May 17, 2010, Issue

The Lawless Welfare State

President Lyndon B. Johnson in an undated photo (Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum/Reuters/Handout)
It is unconstitutional, but the remedy will come from the people

Is the welfare state unconstitutional? On a proper understanding of the limited government created by our Constitution, the answer is yes. Does it follow that in opposing the present scope and future expansion of the welfare state, conservatives should turn to the courts for enforcement of the Constitution’s principles? Not necessarily. There are some constitutional norms that do not properly fall within the purview of the judiciary, but instead fall to us citizens to defend through the power of election. And this may be such a case.

The Declaration of Independence — the “father of all moral principle” in our politics,

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