Jenny Beth Martin on Constitution Commemoration: Adherence Isn’t “Mere Suggestion”


Tea Party Patriots Demands Equal Application of Law

ATLANTA, GA – Today, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, celebrated Constitution Day with a reminder to Congress and the President—don’t neglect your constitutional duties and limitations. The following statement can be attributed to Mrs. Martin:

“As the President and Congress today consider the crucial question of the offensive deployment of American armed forces abroad – surely, the most significant decision our elected leaders are called upon to make – we urge them to take into account the views of our nation’s Founders, as expressed in the Constitution of the United States. It would be the President’s responsibility to command armed forces at war, they concluded, but, wisely, the Congress’ responsibility to declare it.

Our Founders in 1776 pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in declaring independence from the tyranny of a distant, imperial government.  Eleven years later, our nation was organized as a more perfect union with the formal signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Today, we commemorate this event, honor the Constitution, and reflect upon what prompted the Founders to take the risks they did in establishing the United States.

It was their inexhaustible yearning for personal freedom from a government that treated Americans as subjects rather than citizens.  It was their recognition of equity under law as a cornerstone of civil governance and their wise understanding that government is accountable to the people, not the other way around. Their implementation of the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances were keys to preventing the accumulation of power in one location – now, as then, a crucial bulwark against the rise of tyranny.

Over the past 227 years, there have been threats to the Constitution our founders crafted and today is no different.  There are those who would strip us of our rights and seek to govern outside the law, despite having sworn to uphold and defend our Constitution, and there are some who apparently view Congress’ powers and responsibilities as mere suggestions. On September 17 – and on every day – we resolve to honor those who founded the United States by supporting and defending the principles on which they stood and for which they died, and continue the work of preserving the personal freedom and limited government they envisioned for our nation.

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For further information or to schedule an interview with Jenny Beth Martin, please contact Mike Rudin with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.