The 4th District of Texas has a heritage; it has traditions, a culture, values, and a way of life. A representative has two primary responsibilities. First, to uphold the Constitution, and within that framework, to protect the way of life of the district. Unfortunately, these primary responsibilities aren't the primary focus of many in Congress today. Washington, D.C. should be a shining tribute, a monument to the best visions of the founding fathers. It has become a monument to corruption and incompetence. This is a conservative district, and most of the people here understand that fiscal responsibility must be restored to Washington, that the limits of government have expanded beyond reason, and that the assaults on fundamental liberties must be confronted. The Constitution of the United States is being treated like a footnote of history instead of the supreme law of the land. A number of you are looking for a way to do something about these problems, and I'd like the opportunity to work with you to do just that.