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Constitution Day Messages from the Team at the America First Policy Institute

September 17, 2021


Center for Election Integrity, a Message from Chairman Ken Blackwell

On September 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers gathered at the Pennsylvania’s State House – today known as Independence Hall – fully aware they were risking their lives and properties to sign the greatest vision of human freedom – the U.S. Constitution.

In their infinite wisdom, our Founding Fathers purposefully created a federal government with certain enumerated powers ensuring the rest of the powers not listed were reserved to the states and the American people. When one reads the 26th Amendment one finds it states “the right of citizens of the Unites States, who are eighteen years of age and older, to vote shall not be denied”.

That in itself makes it clear the right to vote is a foundational pillar of our Republic. All Americans inherently know voting is sacred; it is therefore our duty to ensure every legally cast vote is counted once.

It is for this very reason the Center for Election Integrity, at the America First Policy Institute, seeks to work with every state in a localized effort to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. After all, the casting of even one unlawful vote is one too many – it denies the God given right of every citizen to exercise their civic duty. On this day of celebrating our constitution, let us stand up for our beloved Constitution and stand up to those who deliberately seek to destroy the foundation upon which our great country was built.

“The casting of even one unlawful vote is one too many – it denies the God given right of every citizen to exercise their civic duty.” – Ken Blackwell

Center for A Healthy America, a Message from Chairman Governor Jindal

The America First Policy Institute is identifying innovative policies to put healthcare back into the hands of the American people — stripping power away from the nexus of big business and big government that invade the doctor-patient relationship and bankrupt households. One example of big government is President Biden’s recent announcement that he would use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to compel private companies to require their employees to be vaccinated. He did so without approval from Congress and without regard for state laws. Just because the media refuse to hold Biden accountable, he is not a king; there are limits on his powers. Our efforts at AFPI seek to defend the rights of the American people and prevent government overreach, resulting in Americans becoming healthier and more able to fully embrace their God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“Our efforts at AFPI seek to defend the rights of the American people and prevent government overreach, resulting in Americans becoming healthier and more able to fully embrace their God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”- Governor Jindal

Center for America Freedom, a Message from Chairman David Bernhardt

America was founded on a consensus that individuals possess inalienable rights, that government exists to protect those individual rights, and the government acts only through the consent of the governed. The Constitution codified these principles into America’s fundamental law. However, this vision has grown increasingly distant in recent years. The administrative state now wields concentrated power with limited accountability. Civil service protections empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions that should arguably be retained for elected officials. And federal regulations frequently replace individual liberty. Meanwhile, the federal government ignores growing threats to American liberties like cancel culture, tech censorship, and state-sanctioned racial discrimination. The Center for American Freedom defends American freedom from both government and non-governmental threats. It fights to restore Americas’ original vision of a representative government that defends Americans’ liberties.

“The Center for American Freedom defends American freedom from both government and non-governmental threats. It fights to restore Americas’ original vision of a representative government that defends Americans’ liberties.” – David Bernhardt

Center for American Security, a Message from Chairman Lt. General (ret.) Keith Kellogg

The twin American victories in the Second World War and the Cold War established our country as “the last, best hope for man on Earth.” Freedom’s cause in every part of the globe depends upon a strong America. With our country secure, we can, with greater confidence, advance American security abroad. American security is exemplified by a strong military, fair trade deals, alliances that are equitable, aggressors who are isolated, and those who harm us, destroyed.

The America First Policy Institute’s Center for American Security understands the importance of American security abroad as a prerequisite for peace at home: always putting American interests first. With the understanding of our indispensable role in maintaining a world at peace—and in the wake of woke attacks on the very core of our Nation—it has become more important than ever to challenge Washington’s increasingly obsolescent foreign and defense policy orthodoxy.

AFPI’s Center for American Security continues to champion policies that protect the homeland and secure American interests abroad so that Americans may enjoy the privileges protected in the in the U.S. Constitution.

“AFPI’s Center for American Security continues to champion policies that protect the homeland and secure American interests abroad so that Americans may enjoy the privileges protected in the in the U.S. Constitution.” - Lt. General (ret.) Keith Kellogg

Center for Homeland Security and Immigration, a Message from Chairman Chad Wolf

In the 21st century, Americans have begrudgingly come to expect federal government’s overreach and (arguably) unconstitutional involvement in virtually every aspect of American life. It is important to remember, however, that the Founders envisioned a much more limited role for federal government. The one area where the Founders arguably expected a strong, centralized government was for the purposes of what we today would call national security or homeland security.

The Constitution is a far richer, far more complex document than can be summed up in a few paragraphs, but its basic features on this topic are relatively straightforward. The Constitution’s Preamble identifies, among other core justifications for the Constitution, the need to “insure domestic Tranquility” and “provide for the common defence.”

This “provide for the common defence” language is replicated verbatim in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which governs the duties and responsibilities of Congress. It is in this section where the congressional role in domestic and international security functions is laid out: Congress is authorized to raise revenue for defense-related functions, in addition to passing laws governing land-based and maritime security.

Article II, Section 2 similarly enumerates the national defense obligations of the executive branch, which is run solely by the President. The President’s national defense command functions, which are essentially national security functions, are supplemented by his operational control of executive branch personnel.

The Founders would have recoiled at the notion that the federal government does not have an obligation to secure domestic security from external dangers. They would similarly have disagreed with the idea that states have no role in domestic security, albeit a far more limited one. (It is worth noting, for example, that while states are expressly forbidden from engaging in military and diplomatic functions in Article I, there are no comparable prohibitions on states’ abilities to provide for the safety and security of their respective citizens.)

The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Homeland Security and Immigration is committed to the Founder’s vision of a strong and secure United States and the Constitution that enshrines that strength and security.

“The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Homeland Security and Immigration is committed to the Founder’s vision of a strong and secure United States and the Constitution that enshrines that strength and security.” –Chad Wolf