The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. — James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, December 2, 1829

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How Seriously Does Your Senator, Rep. Take Their Oath?

May 3, 2013   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

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The Freedom Index, scoring congress on constitutional issues, tells us a lot about who takes their oath of office seriously…and who does not.

Our elected representatives in the federal government are required to take an oath of office upon assumption of their duties:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

From the scores on this report card, some obviously don’t take their oath-or the U.S. Constitution-seriously at all.

The Freedom Index scores senators and congressmen on a variety of constitutional issues like ObamaCare repeal, foreign relations, DOMA, tax cuts, a Federal Reserve audit, and more.

South Dakota’s senators and congresswoman were a mixed bag:

  • Senator Tim Johnson (D) - 10%
  • Senator John Thune (R) - 66%
  • Rep. Kristi Noem (R) - 74%

How did your senator or congressman do?


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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