Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita spoke on a myriad of topics as part of Constitution Day at Blue River Memorial Park.
Rokita was one of seven speakers during the event, which celebrated the Constitution as part of the federal observance.
Sept. 17, 1787 was the day that the document was signed by the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia.
Rokita encouraged citizens to become involved in politics, at minimum by voting but also by getting involved in the election process.
During the question and answer portion, he was asked if he expected the upcoming election to be canceled.
The Attorney General said there was no chance, but expanded his answer to discuss the 2020 election. Rokita said he is constantly asked if it was stolen and his response is always that he is unsure because the laws were changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That should never, ever be the case,” he said.
Rokita said the Indiana Constitution states that the time, place and manner of the election is to be set ahead of time, but Gov. Eric Holcomb and governors in other states changed those as a result of the pandemic.
The absentee process was changed, he said.
“Some have live ballots of every name in the poll book, including dead Aunt Nelly,”he said. “She got a ballot, a live ballot that anybody could have voted, and many did. True.”
During his speech, he said the Constitution was “divinely inspired.” The men who wrote it knew the Bible and respected it.
He also spoke about his fight to defend the Second Amendment and to ensure that the government could not mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mike Baugh, the Convention of States Regional Director, followed Rokita.
Baugh called to invoke a line in Article 5 of the Constitution that says states have the right to call for a convention by a two-thirds vote from the state legislatures to propose amendments. Those amendments would be valid when three-fourths of the states verify them.
By doing so, he called for three items in particular – term limits in the federal government, the ending of federal overreach, and fiscal responsibility.
He suggested having an amendment proposal that includes certain agencies be dissolved including the Department of Justice and its sub-departments, including the FBI, and dissolving the Departments of Education and the Internal Revenue Service.
He called for term limits starting with the most recent election to limit Congress to one term.
“I know the pushback I’m going to get for that,” he said. “‘Michael, they wouldn’t be able to get hardly anything done.’ Precisely! That’s exactly it, yes!”
And he called for fiscal responsibility from the federal government, specifically balancing the budget without printing additional money.
Baugh also spoke about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the mask mandate at the state level.
“The founders were brilliant, but they told us this form of government requires our participation,” he said. “We’ve got to participate. As Thomas Jefferson succinctly put it, ‘the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.’ We have to be looking over the shoulders of our politicians.
“Thomas Jefferson and all the founders knew that if we did not take responsibility and get involved with our government and hold our representatives accountable, that this system of government would turn into government by a few,” Baugh said.