Two hundred twenty-five years ago today, on September 17th, 1787, the final draft of the Constitution of the United States was signed by thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention. This began the ratification process in the States, and on June 21st, 1788, the State of New Hampshire became the ninth to agree to it, putting the U.S. Constitution into effect. On March 4, 1789, the First Congress under the New Constitution convened, reaching a quorum to do business in April, and on April 30, 1789, President George Washington gave the 1st inaugural address.
Today is Constitution Day. I respect and support it, and I am alone.
So comes this document out of the convention in 1787, which I believe had the hand of God in its making, that basically did a bunch of boring stuff like * improving upon the Union between the original States * making them stronger and safer and more respected in the world * ensuring peace among the States * nationalizing only those things that should be nationalized like money and standards and stuff and the laws and courts that go with all that * and other mundane bits like ensuring a republican form of government to the people, you know, where we get to regularly choose who represents us in government * and overall protecting the rights of the people to their liberty and pursuits from government attacks.
Sorry, that was rambling long, but only skims the surface. It’s a free country… the Constitution sought to keep it that way.
There are a couple of basic things that I think need pointing out this Constitution Day, and they apply every other day.
1.) The Constitution is a Contract between we people and our government. It is a deal. Somewhere along the line, the government just decided to break the deal. For our part, the electors that is, we just let them do it, as we keep giving politicians the power to break the deal.
What if, for example, you signed on to a two-year contract with a cell phone company, then after six months they decide to change the deal without your say-so, doubling your fees, allowing you half the minutes, stopping internet access, and dropped calls begin to occur with five times the frequency.
In this case, EVERY American would be furious, rightly so, and would not stand for it. But these same people easily allow the breach of our Constitutional contract without question, which is at the very core of securing our most fundamental God-given rights. I don’t know, what’s more important, a solid cell phone deal, or a solid free country?
2.) The Constitution is Successful. Nobody could ever deny the grand success of the American experiment, even those who so often take it for granted. Of course, the People of the United States are credited with American greatness, by hard work, ingenuity, risk-taking, intelligence, faith, charity, and on, but the Constitution created a safe and unprecedented environment within which the People could thrive in these myriad ways.
3.) The whole of the Constitution is the sum of its parts. The government CANNOT pick and choose which parts are acceptable and which are not, and neither can the people, without the process laid out within the Constitution itself. The same folks on the rooftops exercising their Constitutional right to free speech also think it’s okay for the President and Judges to make the rules, and further, that Congress can make any kind of rule it wants to, or worse yet, they have no idea what Congress IS. Think of it like a recipe for chocolate cake. Take away the flour, the eggs, and the sugar, and it’s not even cake anymore, and besides, that chocolate you love so much is now only bitter cocoa.
In summary, you don’t have to be a Constitutional or historical expert to understand the great value of the Constitution of the United States, both to the country as a whole and to you as an individual. If we don’t stick to the deal, we are NOT America… period.
EVERY thing that government does should be viewed through the prism of the Constitution, as the document gives them the power to act in the first place. If government is proposing an action, simply search the internet, or call the Congressman and find out if their action is Constitutional. There is usually a debate, so read/inquire both sides. If one side cannot square their activity with the Constitution, or don’t even try, then THEY SHOULD NOT ACT.
If you are preparing to vote, which is your primary source of power in this republic, determine who follows, supports, and champions the Constitution in word and deed. If a politician is clearly un-Constitutional or anti-Constitutional, as many openly are, they are un-American and undeserving your confidence, and if these types are in power, they need to be fired.
- Sepetember 17th is Constitution Day! (rulibrary.typepad.com)