Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

President Trump and Constitution

                The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is what a Trump presidency means for the Constitution and the conservative movement. Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation, says that the election of Donald Trump “may have preserved our constitutional republic.” He continued, “We know the intent of [Mrs.] Clinton, and she talked a lot about it and what her belief was of the Constitution. And we know Donald Trump has talked about the importance of the Constitution and the list of Supreme Court justices that he released gave us at least some positive indication… to carry out the original intent of the Constitution.”

                The Heritage Foundation recently convened a panel of experts “to examine what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for the Constitution and conservatism as a whole.” They discussed the importance of Trump selecting new justices on the Supreme Court. Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor at National Review and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, stated his belief of numerous defenders of the Constitution. “It infuriates me how we have come to the point of where we think the Supreme Court is the only guardian of the Constitution…. [The Supreme Court] is a guardian of the Constitution, and in certain formalistic situations, it is the last guardian of the Constitution. But anyone who swears an oath to uphold the Constitution is a guardian of the Constitution, and, the citizens from whom the Constitution derives its authority are guardians of the Constitution.” He says that American citizens should “see themselves as the first line of defense when it comes to preserving constitutional principles.”

                In order for American citizens to defend the Constitution, we must know what the Constitution says. In order to know what is in the Constitution, we must study it. You can download a copy of the Constitution at this site. I encourage you to do so and study what the Constitution says in order to be prepared the next time you have an opportunity to defend it.

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