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The Founders & Constitutional Restraint

September 19th, 2011 1 comment

Because our Founding Fathers shared a biblical understanding of human nature, they were well aware of the sinful tendencies resident in fallen human beings and made every effort to protect themselves from the tyranny and oppression which inevitably result. In The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton cautioned his readers to never forget that men are “ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious.” Because of this governments are instituted because “the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without restraint.” In fact, he observes that “momentary passions and immediate interest” often guide the decisions of our leaders rather than what is truly in the best interest of the people.

Thomas Jefferson added that “…it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights…”

Jefferson understood that even the best of men will not always do what is right when placed in a position of power. Therefore, he cautions us not to place our ultimate confidence in fallen, human beings.

This is why our Founding Fathers developed a written Constitution. Jefferson further explains:

“…it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited Constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power: that our constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which no further our confidence should go…In questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

We must elect those who honor, respect and submit to our Constitution as a necessary “chain” on the selfish tendencies found in even the best of our leaders.

Presidential Pence-sivity

March 10th, 2011 6 comments

The following is an except from a speech entitled, “The Presidency and the Constitution,” delivered by The Honorable Mike Pence, U.S. Representative for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District while on the campus of Hillsdale College, September 20, 2010. It is an eloquent and essential reminder of the role of our President to serve the people and to enforce and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Enjoy!

“America is not a dog, and does not require a “because-I-said-so” jurisprudence; or legislators who knit laws of such insulting complexity that they are heavier than chains; or a president who acts like, speaks like, and is received as a king.

The president is not our teacher, our tutor, our guide or ruler. He does not command us; we command him. We serve neither him nor his vision. It is not his job or his prerogative to redefine custom, law, and beliefs; to appropriate industries; to seize the country, as it were, by the shoulders or by the throat so as to impose by force of theatrical charisma his justice upon 300 million others. It is neither his job nor his prerogative to shift the power of decision away from them, and to him and the acolytes of his choosing.”