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Preserving our Nation by Upholding the Constitution
Posted by Randy | June 01, 2011

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?

 

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  • Thomas Griswold commented on 6/2/2011
    Every representative, of which over 200 are republicans, should formally declare that they can no longer commit to that ridiculous "No New Taxes" pledge. This was irresponsible to begin with and is the single greatest barrier to cooperative problem solving. This pledge is what BROKE our government. Unfortunately by signing this pledge the truth is that the commitment to the pledge is more important to these representatives than is the constitution.
  • John Postel commented on 6/6/2011
    Congressman Forbes, as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I am encouraged by your actions concerning your membership to this Caucus. It is important that those that hold office return to the Constitutional authority that We the People have granted by which we are to be governed. Your actions have confirmed that intent of our Founding Fathers as express by the 10th amendment. God bless you and God bless America.
  • Renee Robbins commented on 6/13/2011
    I support Congressman Forbes' membership in this caucaus. America comes from amazing roots and it is important for us to remember those roots and apply the mindset of the Founding Fathers to the difficulties we face today.
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