Davy Crockett is an American Legend. He is best known for his frontier exploits, both real and exaggerated, as well as his heroic death defending the Alamo from Mexican aggression.
Less known is that Davy Crockett served eight years as a congressman from his home state of Tennessee. In an 1884 biography of his life, author Edward Ellis relates a story about Mr. Crockett and his time in Congress. Some question the full authenticity of the story, since there is no official congressional record of the speech contained therein. Regardless, the story is very instructive about how early patriots viewed the Constitution as it relates to welfare payments. A good lesson for today as well.
Read it here.