The Declaration of Independence declares "all men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ...That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men …." The Preamble of the US Constitution shows how these rights are to be secured including "provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare". Two clear distinctions should be made here: Provide implies actively and financially supporting, promote implies a more passive approach.
General Welfare is not the same as individual Welfare. General Welfare would benefit the people generally; individual Welfare targets a certain segment of society to benefit, such as the poor. Providing Individual Welfare is not authorized in the Constitution.
God, who endows us with life, liberty, property, and the right to pursue happiness, also exhorts individuals to care for the needy, the sick, the homeless, the aged, and those who are otherwise unable to care for themselves.
America's welfare crisis is a government-induced crisis. Government social and cultural policies have undermined the work ethic, even as the government's economic and regulatory policies have undermined the ability of our citizens to obtain work.
Charity, and provision of welfare to those in need, is not a Constitutional responsibility of the federal government. Under no circumstances should the taxpayers of these United States be obligated, under penalty of law through forced taxation, to assume the cost of providing welfare for other citizens. Neither should taxpayers be indentured to subsidize welfare for persons who enter these United States illegally.
The message of Christian charity is fundamentally at odds with the concept of welfare maintenance as a right. In many cases, welfare provisions by the Federal government are not only misdirected, but morally destructive. It is the intended purpose of civil government to safeguard life, liberty and property - not to redistribute wealth. Such redistribution is contrary to the Biblical command against theft.
Scripture (I Timothy 5) admonishes us to, “Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
The Constitution Party of Ohio calls upon the State and local governments to promote caring for the welfare of those in need. At the same time, the governments should encourage this activity and responsibility take place at the lowest level of society and government beginning with individuals, families, churches, civic groups and other private organizations, encouraging them to fulfill their personal responsibility to help those in need without a reliance on government. If such circumstances or disaster requires governmental assistance, then such assistance should occur at the lowest level of government feasible but in no case should such assistance be provided above the state level of Government. As such, the Constitution Party of Ohio calls for the immediate cessation of all federal government welfare and disaster relief assistance programs and associated agencies with all such efforts being the sole responsibility of state and local governments. In addition, we call upon the lowest level of government feasible to be the primary provider of relief assistance.