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In the beginning of his best selling book, Saving Freedom, U. S. Senator Jim DeMint discusses the oath of office taken by all members of Congress and their pledge to defend the Constitution of the United States. Then he notes that Congress seldom mentions the Constitution in connection with legislation because much of the legislation “does not fit within the limited powers of the federal government specified by the Constitution.”

Delegates from twelve states crafted the Constitution “in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” The new government was given specific, limited authority. All other authority was left to the States or to the people.

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