This certainly brought back memories of Barry Goldwater and his indelible quotes. THis one applies even more today:
“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
Seems to me that both sides have lost sight of our founder’s vision. They want everything done immediately when our founders designed a system that is supposed to work slowly. They want a strong president who can force our will when our founders created a system where all branches are supposed to be equal.
Such plain constitutional speech, and those who would speak it, have been virtually eradicated from the GOP.