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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Presidency and the Constitution

October 2010


Mike Pence
U.S. Representative
Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on the Hillsdale College campus on September 20, 2010.

Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.



THE PRESIDENCY is the most visible thread that runs through the tapestry of the American government. More often than not, for good or for ill, it sets the tone for the other branches and spurs the expectations of the people. Its powers are vast and consequential, its requirements impossible for mortals to fulfill without humility and insistent attention to its purpose as set forth in the Constitution of the United States.

Isn’t it amazing, given the great and momentous nature of the office, that those who seek it seldom pause to consider what they are seeking? Rather, unconstrained by principle or reflection, there is a mad rush toward something that, once its powers are seized, the new president can wield as an instrument with which to transform the nation and the people according to his highest aspirations.

But, other than in a crisis of the house divided, the presidency is neither fit nor intended to be such an instrument. When it is made that, the country sustains a wound, and cries out justly and indignantly. And what the nation says is the theme of this address. What it says—informed by its long history, impelled by the laws of nature and nature’s God—is that we as a people are not to be ruled and not to be commanded. It says that the president should never forget this; that he has not risen above us, but is merely one of us, chosen by ballot, dismissed after his term, tasked not to transform and work his will upon us, but to bear the weight of decision and to carry out faithfully the design laid down in the Constitution in accordance with the Declaration of Independence.

Read the entire essay.  (This is amazing. Jim M.)
Hillsdale College - Imprimis

1 comment:

Jim6058 said...

I challenge you to read this essay out loud without choking up and blubbering like a little girl. If you can continue to read, you are without a soul.

Mike Pence is already on everyone's short list for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He has been foremost in the fight against established Republican mediocrity. Let's take a hard look at his voting record (for values and principles) to see if this is a person the tea parties can support without reservation.

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