We the People . . .promote the general Welfare, . .
The Founding Fathers never conceived of a welfare state. Governors of the time used people, they didn't help them. The framers were individualists and proto-libertarians. They believed in the work ethic, no free lunches, and a day's pay for a day's work.
The goal of promoting the general welfare had nothing to do with handing out cheques each month.
The general welfare meant working towards a better future. It meant improving living conditions, working conditions, and health conditions. It meant extending the education of children to farmer's kids as well as those of landowners.
And today? FEMA - gutted. FDA - a political football. Public schools - underfunded, with curriculums dictated by demogogues. Private schools on the rise. Housing overpriced.
In short, the Founding Fathers would be quite at home in today's America - in many ways, it's like the England they fled from.