Each September, Americans celebrate Constitution Day. On Sept. 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution, the most sacred document in our nation’s history. The Constitution established the three branches of our government and still to this day protects the rights of each American citizen. In the Senate, I work to uphold the intent of the Constitution every day. As President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”  

As a member of the legislative branch, our constitutional role is to write laws — we do not have the power or authority to enforce laws or interpret the laws. Those powers were given to the executive branch and the judicial branch, respectively, when the founders wrote the Constitution. Their goal was to create a separation of powers, so no one branch of government could accumulate more power than the other two.

A system of checks and balances was created to prevent tyranny. Keep in mind, colonists first came to America to escape tyrannical rule. So, when our Founding Fathers sought to establish a new government, they worked to make sure power could not be concentrated by an individual or even a few people. As an example of our system of checks and balances, the president has the authority to nominate federal judges and other executive branch officials, but he cannot simply “hire” them. They go through a thorough vetting process in the Senate to establish their qualifications for the job to which they have been nominated, including a full committee hearing, before senators take a vote on their confirmation.

I often think about the deliberations and challenges our Founding Fathers experienced when they were drafting the Constitution. They had differing beliefs and opinions about what the future United States should look like. But at the end of the day, they worked together, indulged the views of their colleagues and wrote the framework for our system of government that has lasted more than 200 years.

We can learn a lot from our Founding Fathers. In our current divided government, Republicans and Democrats disagree with each other daily. That doesn’t mean we can’t work to find bipartisan solutions to the problems we face as a nation. In fact, we do work together on many issues, most of the time! If we have a common goal, we can work together, and the one commonality we all share is that we’re Americans first and foremost.

We want to leave our country in better shape for future generations. We may just have different ideas about how to do it, and that’s alright. Like our Founding Fathers, I will continue to seek to build consensus, uphold the rights of American citizens as outlined in the Constitution and work to pass legislation that preserves the greatness of our nation for years to come.

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SoDakD

One thing our founders feared most was a president under the influence of a foreign power. The evidence indicates this likely explains the behavior of the man in the White House. The threat to us all transcends petty, partisan bickering. The signs are clear - whether our President is telling the world “Putin didn’t do it“ or withholding aid the Ukrainians desperately need to defend their nation against the Russians. When your Constitutionally commanded responsibility to judge our President is thrust upon you, please think more of posterity than platitudes. The Constitution is more important than your career. History will be watching. 🇺🇸


antiteaparty

This is one of the funniest things I have ever read. Mike is a yuge supporter of Dump who tramples on the Constitution on a daily basis. Also, let's talk about how much you want bipartisanship, shall we Mike? All one needs to do is ask how many of the 100+ bills that have passed the House have been brought to the Senate floor? All the Senate does under Moscow Mitch is confirm the highly partisan judges that Dump nominates. Mike wants you to just take his word for how much he loves the constitution without actually looking at his, and the rest of the GOP's, actions.


451‭°F‬

Jumpin’ Gee Willikers, Mike! What an amazing descent! And you've been along for the ride! I’m talking about the collapse of the mighty Party of Lincoln into the cowering Party of Trump. If I could forget the crying toddlers in cages and our President’s groveling before Putin - while our farmers face another unsold harvest - I might sincerely shed a tear or two. But, Mike, there’s a great way to get out in front of all this. Why not petition the RNC to replace that tired old elephant as the party’s mascot? May I suggest the banana🍌? Not only is it emblematic of your new “Banana Republican” Party, but the color is so appropriate. 🤡


SoDakD

Senator Rounds, I know things are moving quickly, but please appreciate the old-fashioned guts just shown by Iowa’s Senator Grassley. While the rest of your Party attacks, threatens and puts a bounty on the “whistleblower,” Senator Grassley is defending both the whistleblower and our Constitution. Meanwhile, the best you can do is serve up these platitudes about the Constitution and bipartisanship. If you can’t find your courage when your country needs you, you might consider whether your Country needs you after Trump is gone.




dmilroy

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dmilroy

Senator Rounds uses a Lincoln quote which is oddly appropriate. Lincoln's said those words campaigned for John C. Fremont in the 1856 Presidential campaign. Pro-slavery Southerns were threatening to secede if the anti-slaver Fremont won the election. The interference with the Constitution Lincoln was speaking against was secession. Donald Trump just invoked a new civil war. Invoking civil war was once a third rail of modern American presidential rhetoric. Where Lincoln was attempting to hold the Union together, Trump is threatening to tear it apart. Mike Rounds and the Republican party in general need to figure out is they stand: with Lincoln and the Constitution or with Trump and chaos.


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