Tuesday, January 12, 2010

14. Life and Liberty are Secure Only so Long as the Right to Property is Secure.

This was a critical issue to the Founding Fathers. They had seen property taken without consent through taxation. They also didn’t like the idea of property being seized from one class of citizens for the service of the rest. The idea of redistribution of wealth was seen as unconstitutional up until the 1930s, when the Supreme Court began to interpret the meaning of the “general welfare” clause in a new way.

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