At the close of the Constitutional Convention, so the story goes, a woman approached Dr. Benjamin Franklin and asked, “So, Doctor, what have you given us? A Republic or a Monarchy.”
Franklin replied “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
The Citizens Constitutional Caucus was formed to respond to Dr. Franklin’s concern.
“The Citizens Constitutional Caucus is not just another Constitutional organization,” explained Don Watson, founder and coordinator of the group. “We have a very narrow focus. We’re not going to look at a proposed bill or resolution and decide if it’s good fiscal policy, if it will it help the children, or if it is moral or immoral. Our only question will be: Is it Constitutional?”
He emphasized that the caucus will expose and oppose any and all legislation that is not Constitutional. While voting is important, Watson said that voting alone is not sufficient to “keep the Republic” as Dr. Franklin urged.
“The greatest threat to the Republic is not politicians but the person in the mirror,” Watson said. “We, the people, must be directly involved in the political process.”
The mission of the Citizens Constitutional Caucus is to educate, discuss, debate, and offer solutions for restoring adherence to the U.S. Constitution via a factual review of the founding and development of the Republic. With this basic education, members will be inspired to effectively serve “We the People.”
“Our goals can be summed up in three words: educate, legislate, activate,” Watson said. “We take our cue from Thomas Jefferson, who said that the best way to correct abuses of constitutional power was to educate the people.”
Jefferson said, “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it (the control) from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
The caucus also will provide a forum for the energetic dialog and debate about what it sees as the “ongoing disrespect for the Constitution and degradation of the Republic.”
Then they will develop actionable solutions to restore constitutional governance in North Carolina and the United States, and seek out legislators and leaders at all levels of government who will support their solutions.
The caucus will hold its first quarterly meeting Saturday, Feb. 23 to demonstrate the three-step process to educate, legislate, and activate. The all-day event will begin with a morning session devoted to explaining the CCC’s mission, goals and purpose to the public.
In the afternoon, the advisory board will conduct a formal meeting of caucus members to hear presentations on issues, and discuss possible legislative actions.
The meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 111 Hampton Woods Lane, Raleigh. Cost is $15, prepay includes lunch.