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All members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives share a common and sacred bond. Each member has sworn a solemn oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreignand domestic.” Thus, their loyalty above all is to the U.S. Constitution — not a political party, not a special interest group, not any individual or government official.
The Constitution establishes the United States of America as a representative democracy that has served the modern world as a beacon of hope and a celebration of individual freedom.
The framers of the Constitution knew that Americans did not want a king. Our country had just fought the Revolutionary War to win independence from England. They knew that Americans did not want interference in our new nation’s affairs by any other country.The framers also wisely provided for the possibility that our country could someday have a president whose policies could put our nation in danger.
The brilliant solution to address these concerns is the constitutional provision of separation of powers. As every student knows, our government is controlled by three separate and co-equal branches — the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Each branch has its own individual powers and also acts as a check on the other two.
Events of recent weeks have offered a civics lesson for all of us. And more is to come. All Americans citizens — and the rest of the world — will be
watching as our congressional members show us where their loyalties lie. We can only hope that they will honor their oath to uphold the Constitution and put the good of this country above all else.
Ann Yelverton Barnes