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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 10, 2019 10:03 AM
From: Representative Cris Dush
To: All House members
Subject: Displaying the Preamble to Pennsylvania Constitution
Constitutional republics are unique in world history. While other forms of government have relied on the use of force for a dictator, monarch or totalitarian organization to make subjects of the people, constitutional republics rely on a written declaration of The People as to what form of government they will accept.

In Federalist No. 53, James Madison explained “The important distinction so well understood in America, between a Constitution established by the people, and unalterable by the government, and a law established by the Government and alterable by the government, seems to have been little understood and less observed in any other country. Wherever the supreme power of legislation has resided, has been supposed to reside also a full power to change the form of the government.”

Unfortunately, we are no longer at a point where the distinction is “so well understood in America”.

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation which will require posting of the preamble to the Pennsylvania Constitution (“WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”) in the entrance of every school building where state funding is provided to the district or institution of higher education.

This declaration is foundational to the form of government “the people” chose to write, administer and interpret the law while reserving to themselves the "supreme power" to "change the form of government" through our Constitutions.

In order to daily remind students preparing to take their place in this republic of the power and responsibility they will assume I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.