House Resolution 5 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 5 BY SHERMAN , STOLTENBERG , HAYES , M. THOMPSON , MOORE , SHIPLEY , DIEKEN , ANDREWS , GERHOLD , RINKER , HORA , KNIFF MCCULLA , JENEARY , OSMUNDSON , THOMSON , JOHNSON , WILZ , HENDERSON , BEST , and BRADLEY A Resolution regarding foundational principles of the 1 American form of government. 2 WHEREAS, each General Assembly convenes with 3 many members who are new legislators, it is fitting 4 and proper that, in addition to the oath of office, 5 certain foundational principles of the American form of 6 government be acknowledged; and 7 WHEREAS, the members of the 90th General Assembly 8 do hereby acknowledge the Declaration of Independence 9 which gave birth to the United States of America, and 10 recognize that the laws of nature and nature’s God are 11 the foundation for unalienable rights and the purpose 12 of government is to secure these rights; and 13 WHEREAS, the members of the 90th General Assembly 14 do hereby acknowledge the United States Constitution 15 as the supreme law of the land within the limits which 16 the Constitution itself imposes, and, the powers not 17 delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor 18 prohibited to it to the states, are reserved to the 19 states respectively, or to the people; and 20 WHEREAS, the members of the 90th General Assembly 21 do hereby acknowledge the Constitution of the State 22 of Iowa, and express gratitude to the Supreme Being 23 for the blessings hitherto enjoyed and acknowledge 24 continued reliance upon Him for future blessings; and 25 -1- LSB 1690YH (3) 90 ss/rn 1/ 2
H.R. 5 WHEREAS, the members of the 90th General Assembly 1 acknowledge that all men and women are, by nature, 2 free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights, 3 which include enjoying and defending life and liberty; 4 acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; and 5 pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness; and 6 WHEREAS, the members of the 90th General 7 Assembly acknowledge that the United States of 8 America is a republic and, as such, functions 9 through a representative form of government wherein 10 representatives selected by the people conduct 11 government’s business according to the rule of law; NOW 12 THEREFORE, 13 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 14 That the members of the 90th General Assembly, as 15 representatives selected by the people of Iowa in a 16 free republic, do hereby resolve to operate with all 17 due respect to the laws of nature, the laws of the 18 United States, and the laws of the State of Iowa. 19 -2- LSB 1690YH (3) 90 ss/rn 2/ 2