Our Founders designed the Constitution carefully. They intentionally restricted the powers of the federal government, and worked to create equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law for everyone.

As we celebrate Constitution Week, it grieves me to think how far away from their original intent we’ve strayed. Both Democrats and Republicans alike are guilty of distorting the Constitution and expanding the size and scope of the federal government. Now we’re seeing the fallout of those actions – which includes high unemployment, economic decline, and staggering national debt.

To turn this country around, we have to go back to the basics - back to what our Founding Fathers laid out in the Constitution. We need to get rid of all the unnecessary bureaucracy and the outrageous spending in Washington, and start building bridges to send powers and dollars back to the states and the people.

For Constitution Week, I sent a letter to schools across the district urging our educators to teach kids about constitutionally-limited government as our Founders meant for it to be. And I urge you, too, to learn as much as you can about the Constitution, and about the freedom and prosperity it has brought us.

Hosea 4:6 says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” – and the opposite is true as well. “We the People” learning the fundamental truths that made this nation great, sharing them, and demanding that our elected representatives espouse them can restore our prosperity.

Broun is a Republican from Georgia.