America's founding fathers acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence that our Creator endowed humanity with certain unalienable rights. Among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our forefathers then established a federal government with limited powers, which were a few, well-defined set of responsibilities designed to protect our rights. These founding principles combined with this government structure gave rise to the most energetic, creative and wealthy society the world has ever known. We continue to be better off than any other country as we reap the ongoing blessings these wise men imparted to us.
Understanding that power tends to corrupt, an oath or affirmation to abide by the boundaries set in our Constitution was required by all elected and appointed officials of the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The problem we face in America is that 'We The People' have become ignorant of our own constitution and have allowed our government officials to ignore their oath and to serve their own interests.
To regain control of our republic we must re-educate ourselves and others and then work to restore a constitutionally-limited government by holding our representatives accountable to their constitutional oath. Our efforts should be focused on the House of Representatives because it was designed to be the most powerful body in our federal government and they have the smallest constituency to answer to. When we rebuild a constitutional body of Representatives in the House, individual liberties will be restored and government will return to its proper role.
The 'Patriot Library' will help build an understanding of foundational principles so that one can think constitutionally about any issue. We must also be familiar with who represents us in Congress and begin to monitor each Congressman and Senator's votes, which can be done by reviewing scorecards that rate the constitutional position of key votes during their time in office. We must only vote for those who have been constitutionally faithful during their term in office - OR - support candidates that will vow to abide by the constitutional limits of the office they seek.
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