Actually, though, that isn't the case.
How, then, can these two points be reconciled? How can the Constitution be said to be have succeeded in its mission given that, at the same time, we now live under a massive welfare-warfare state way of life?
During the first decade of American history, the American people lived under a governmental system called the Articles of Confederation. Under the Articles, the federal government's powers were few and weak. That's the way Americans wanted it. They did not want a federal government with big, massive powers. Under the Articles, Americans hadn't even given the federal government the power to tax people.
Owing to various problems had arisen under the Articles, when the delegates met at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, it was only for the purpose of amending the Articles. Instead, they came out with a proposal for a different type of governmental system, one called a limited-government republic. Under this type of governmental system, the powers of the federal government would be greater than under the Articles but still extremely limited in scope and nature.