“No free government or blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice…and by frequent reference to fundamental principles.” Patrick Henry
Though the Constitution of the
James Madison intended federal powers to be few and defined. This requires accountability. One way our forefathers set up accountability was to create a balance of power by allowing each branch of the government to check the other branches. For instance, take the recent narrow, highly partisan passage of a massive healthcare overhaul. The Judicial branch can still declare this bill unconstitutional. After Obama signed the healthcare bill into law, attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government. “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the
The weakness in our Constitution is its inability to make people adhere to justice; no document can give people morals. The Constitution can protect American citizens, but because man is fallible, government will misuse its power. In November 2006, narcotics detectives acting on a drug tip burst into an
“We the people” means that the people of the
Rachel Torres, the 2010 recipient of Madison County Republican Women's Marion Simpson Scholarship, presented her winning essay at the June 15th MCRW meeting. Rachel is going to study Event Planning at Thomas Edison State College.
The Marion Simpson Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the late Marion E. Simpson.
Marion Simpson, a native of Detroit MI, was reared in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. She taught school at Jackson Elementary School from 1962-75.
After moving to Reston, VA, she served as a tour guide at the U.S. Capitol as a member of Congressman Ralph Regula’s staff from 1980-85 before retiring to Rappahannock, VA with her husband, Allan R. Simpson, Jr., former associate editor of The Repository.
Marion was an active member of F.T. Baptist Church near Sperryville. A former chairman of the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Church, she had also been a volunteer with the Rappahannock literacy program. Marion is fondly remembered as an educator, a beloved friend, and a keeper of Republican ideals.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually by Madison County Republican Women.
Left to right: Marion Simpson's Daughter April Heddleston, Rachel Torres and Marion's husband, Al Simpson.