Admiring a Job Well Done
Some time back, I visited the local business of one of my constituents, and the conversations brought up during this meeting still continue to resonate with me.
We discussed the Constitution, as well as the Framers’ intent on some of these issues. We discussed the point of the Oath of Office and how public servants are to uphold this sacred deed. I left this visit very inspired. It caused me to reflect on the works of our Founding Fathers, taking place more than two and a quarter centuries ago. Through the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors, a master plan for proper and prudent government was drafted. This Constitution laid out both our protected liberties and restrained government--a formula for our republic to prosper and see better days. On September 17, 1787, this document left the convention to be ratified by the states. Since then, countless oaths have been sworn and affirmed toward its protection and implementation, “...so help us God.” It is humbling to know I have repeated the same oath that both statesmen and soldiers have breathed and lived. I consider the duty of upholding the Constitution to be one of the greatest honors of my life.
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government—lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”--Patrick Henry.
“Let virtue, honor, the love of liberty and of science be, and remain, the soul of this constitution, and it will become the source of great and extensive happiness to this and future generations. Vice, ignorance, and want of vigilance, will be the only enemies able to destroy it. Against these provide, and, of these, be forever jealous. Every member of the state, ought diligently to read and study the Constitution of his country, and teach the rising generation to be free. By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated, and be the better prepared to defend.”