As Benjamin Franklin left the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he was approached by a woman who was curious as to what the new government would look like. Franklin replied, “A republic, Madam. If you can keep it.”
The Constitution creates a republican, representative form of government that is granted limited, enumerated powers in order to ensure that individual liberties and freedoms are jealously guarded. Specifically, the 10th Amendment states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” As a Member of Congress, I have a solemn duty to uphold these principles and to remain acutely aware of limitations to the government’s reach and power.
In support of that effort, I have joined the Congressional Constitution Caucus, which is dedicated to preserving the true intent of our Founding Fathers. This bipartisan caucus provides an educational forum regarding Constitutional principles and fosters discussion of the appropriate role of the federal government.
What steps do you think Congress should take to be reminded of its duty to uphold the principles of the Constitution and the limited nature of government?