The short answer is a resounding YES!
Strom Thurmond, a former senator from my home state, stated when he ran for president in 1948 that, “The Constitution is the greatest charter of liberty ever conceived by the human mind”. George Washington, war hero and first president of our republic, said, “The Constitution is a guide which I shall never abandon.” Abraham Lincoln, a president beloved by the american public and first president from the Republican party said, “Don’t interfere with anything in the constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard for our liberties.”
But all of these people are long dead, what do our leaders today have to say about the constitution? Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “We are witnessing a great awakening… millions of Americans are rising up to defend our liberty and to restore our constitution.” Senator Marco Rubio, “The majority of Americans… believe in things like the constitution.”
What makes people such as myself, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and many others believe in the Constitution? I believe in it because of the timeless principles of Freedom of Religion, of Speech, of Press, the right to Defend Yourself, the right to Trial By Jury, the right to consul, and the right to Limited Government. But couldn’t these rights be defended without the constitution? For a time, yes. The Weimar republic ran without constitution for 13 years before Adolf Hitler became chancellor. Italy ran without constitution for a time, until Mussolini took power. Czarist Russia had no constitution, and Lenin took power. China had no constitution, and Chairman Mao took power. Royal France had no constitution, and the Directoire took power. Webster’s Dictionary of The English Language defines “Tyranny” as “A government either without a constitution or a government that disregards its constitution”.
When any federal official takes office, he or she swears to preserve and protect the constitution of The United States. Theoretically, any person who has taken this oath and violates it should be convict of perjury.