"On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." Thomas Jefferson
"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government." James Madison
A limited government is what our Founding Fathers intended. That is why Article I Section 8 is list of what our government is allowed to do. Our Founding Fathers put our Constitution in writing to ensure that our government would always be a limited one.
_________________________ The state can never straighten the crooked timber of humanity. I'm a conservative because I question authority. Conservative Revolutionary