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It must seem like everything that you thought you could rely upon; the steadfastness of our system of limited constitutional government, the willingness of those we elect to debate, compromise, and deliberate in the best interests of this country, and the certainty that those hard won liberties which many in this room fought to preserve, all seem to be under threat. But this is the reality of America in the year 2012.
At a time of massive job losses, a crumbling economy and an off the rails financial sector, those we elected and sent to Washington to address this country’s problems, decided not to work together but to obstruct one another and play a sad but all too often seen game that places the platitudes of party above that of service to country.
A great compromise allowed those assembled in Philadelphia, to leave there with a constituion that could be ratified by enough states to bring this great republic into being. The problems they faced were daunting, but good men can always summon the goodwill, and the good sense to do good, and they did, and the American Republic was born.