U.S. Representative

Dennis A. Ross

Proudly Serving Florida's 15th Congressional District



Happy Constitution Day!

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Washington, September 17, 2015 | Joni Shockey (202-503-8755) | comments

Dear Neighbor,

On this day in 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to finalize and sign the grand document that is still the foundation on which our system of government is built: The Constitution of the United States of America.

This remarkable compilation of laws and basic rights not only established the numerous liberties we still enjoy today, but also a system of checks and balances within three separate branches of government. Unfortunately, we have seen the executive branch through our President egregiously overstep its boundaries and trample on the Constitution by going around Congress in efforts to shape the policies of our great Nation. This is a nation of laws, and no one is above the law, not even our President. It is extremely troubling that our President continuously acts unilaterally when our Forefathers fought tirelessly to prevent such type of overreach when they crafted the Constitution.

As penned by the framers in the opening line, the Constitution’s purpose was to “form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to Posterity.” The Constitution further provides us with the rights to freely worship and criticize our government without the fear of persecution. The Constitution is to be respected, followed and treasured, not taken advantage of or ignored. We, as a Nation, must continue to abide by and protect our Constitution, and to strictly hold those accountable who do not.

As we celebrate this historic day, I encourage you to take a few moments to read the brilliant words of the Constitution written so many years ago. Please remember the vision of those 39 Americans, who believed in a unique society and aimed to secure it for generations to come by establishing a lasting framework of freedom and the rule of law. If you do not own a copy of the Constitution, please reach out to my office for assistance in obtaining one.

May God bless you all, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Your Congressman,

Dennis A. Ross

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