Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Constitution Day!

221 years ago today, thirty-nine brave men took pen to paper and signed the Constitution of the United States.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America... Done... the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” —George Washington and the delegates
"We the People..." Note: the Constitution does not start out with "We the duly elected representatives of the People..." or "We the elite few who know what is good for the people..." No, our Constitution was written by and for the people.

Take a moment and read our Constitution, refresh your memory on the powers and responsibilities of our three branches of government. Remind yourselves of the limits that "We the People..." have placed on our government, and then maybe take your own pen to paper and remind your representatives of their duties, responsibilities, and limits.

I would recommend also reading "A "Living Constitution" for a Dying Republic" by Mark Alexander.

The Heritage Foundation is offering a Free Pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence. It appears you can order pretty much as many as you want for friends and family.

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