Our Constitution provides that presidents must promise, on oath, to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”; that they must “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”; and that no elected official has complete authority. Its Bill of Rights recognizes individual freedoms. And the Declaration of Independence states that all are “created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
Washington warned against avoiding procedures for amending the Constitution which are in the Constitution itself. He said, “let there be no [Constitutional] change by usurpation; ... (such usurpation, even if for good,) is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” Madison and others warned against interpretations inconsistent with how the Constitution was understood when ratified. Presidents appoint Supreme Court justices who interpret the Constitution. Considering candidates’ words and actions overall, Romney is much more inclined to appoint those who will uphold our Constitution.