The United States of America is unique among the nations of the world because of this one phrase, “We the People.” Our Constitution’s simple statement of self-governance sets our nation apart, in that, power flows from the people of our country to its rulers, not vice versa. From our nation’s founding, we have been a people of self-determination and responsibility. Every year on September 17th, we celebrate what is perhaps the most important document in the history of human government, The Constitution of the United States of America.
I believe in timeless principles; there are things that are true today that have always been and always will be true. This may sound like an obvious fact to sensible Hoosiers, but there are those among us, especially in Washington, that would argue the point. Some people in our country believe that all truth is relative and each generation of Americans must find the truth of their own time. The Left side of the political spectrum in America would like to see our government transformed into a social and economic parent that takes care of its people. Our belief that all men are created equal is being replaced by a belief in the government’s responsibility to provide equal prosperity to all men.
In response to the anti-constitutional attitude displayed by the 111th Congress and President Obama, as the new majority in Congress, we Republicans in the House decided for the first time in history a new session of Congress should begin with a reading of the Constitution from the House floor. I believe we have a system of government built on self-evident truths about mankind, and these truths will never become obsolete. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness will always be unalienable rights of mankind, and wherever those rights are acknowledged free people will have the chance to succeed. Isn’t that all that every generation of Americans has wanted – the chance to succeed?
We the People of the United States of America will decide which direction our government and our nation will go. Will we abdicate our rights for the mirage of government-funded, universal prosperity, or return to the timeless principles that gave rise to the greatest nation the world has ever known? This Constitution Day, may we renew our commitment to look to the thoughts of men greater than ourselves, who have handed down to us eternal truths in our founding documents.
It’s an honor for me to be a part of the Constitution Caucus in the House of Representatives. In helping lead in-depth discussions on the House floor about the details of our Constitution, I have sought to emphasize our need to return to our founding principles.
Please consider supporting me as I seek to continue defending the Constitution and representing Northeast Indiana in 2012. Together, we can set the direction of our nation and return to the principles on which our nation was founded.