I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 8 (excerpt)
If I am elected president, I will swear this oath…and I am a man of my word. I could not in good conscience act in any way contrary to the plain text and plain meaning of the U.S. Constitution.
For this reason, if any bill comes across my desk that is not permitted under one of the enumerated federal powers, I will veto it. Period.
Every official in each branch of government has a positive responsibility to defend the constitution. Sadly, many do not take this responsibility seriously. They act as slaves to their political talking points, or to passing popularity, or to what feels good at the time. Enough.
Any bill that does not pass constitutional muster will be rejected out of hand. If Congress doesn’t like it — or if the people don’t — they are free to amend the constitution using either of the two mechanisms spelled out in Article V. Afterwards, they are welcome to present the bill to me again.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated….U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 7, Clause 2 (excerpt)