James Madison

With respect to the words 'general welfare' I have always regreted 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 not contemplated by its creators. - James Madison

Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. - James Madison

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation. - James Madison