All I'm trying to say is that someone "left of center" can wrest the scriptures to their own destruction as well as those far right of center have been doing for so many years. What are my solutions? While I think it's fine to consider principles of the scripture in contemplating our modern condition, rationality and reasonable discussion to find the common ground would be a better way to exercise our civic duties. It would be best if we left partisan politics out of our scriptural interpretations and vice versa. (Oops, there I go talking about the "left" again.)
* "General welfare" actually not being that great of a stretch as it is specifically mentioned in both the original intent of the Constitution as set out in the Preamble and as an enumerated power of Congress through the rather broad taxing power in Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 1 (as amended by the XVIth) and as recently recognized by Chief Justice Roberts in the Obamacare case.