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Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie
Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie
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      Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie

      Janine Turner is the founder and co-chair of Constituting America. Cathy Gillespie is co-chair of Constituting America.

A patriot’s pause

On Thursday, as part of the new House rules package, members of the United States House of Representatives will read the United States Constitution from the House floor. This is a reflection of a call from "the genius of the American people," as Alexander Hamilton so aptly described the American people in The Federalist, that Congress not forget the guiding principles set forth in our nation's Constitution. After all, in a republic it is the people who rule through their representatives. Even James Madison, who believed that "Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire," would be thrilled that Congress has taken the time out of bickering to remember the foundations of our country.