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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

What Holds Us Together

September 7, 2018
Speeches

What Holds Us Together
Congressman Tom McClintock
House Floor
September 7, 2018

Mr. Speaker:

A republic can survive only as long as ALL political sides abide by our elections, respect our institutions, and obey our Constitution.  

The anonymous column by an official in the executive branch, who bragged of deliberately thwarting the will of the people as expressed through our presidential election, reflects a sentiment that is absolutely toxic to our form of government.  

He cites no constitutional breach to thwart the lawful decisions of a legitimately elected president, but only his self-righteous disdain for the man and his policies.  

He doesn’t get to make that decision. Nobody elected him.  Congress, the courts and the American people at the ballot box can check the President.  But an unelected zealot within the government cannot.  

What I find most alarming is the applause for this sentiment from the far left.  We should recognize it for what it is: a direct attack on the most fundamental principles that hold us together as a free people.    

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