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Tue September 19, 2006
Congressman Ralph Hall speaks on A&M-Commerce campus
By Kevin Jefferies
Commerce – Representative Ralph Hall spoke at a Constitution Day observance on the A&M-Commerce campus yesterday. Hall kept the audience smiling with humorous stories, but also spoke on serious subjects such as his support of phone tapping suspected terrorists and how America faces different enemies than the original framers of the Constitution faced.
HALL: I quoted Thomas Jefferson earlier when he said "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance". In his day and time, that vigilance was against the British, the disease, the viscissitudes of nature, the Indians, or whatever. But today we have different enemies. We have different needs. That's why I think we have to be ever-watchful against any threats to the constitutional rights of our democratic system of government and why we have to do all we can to keep our nation strong and secure for future generations.
Hall was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has served since. He is the oldest member of Congress at 83.