Sunday, September 17, 2006

Constitution Day 2006

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 defense, 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."
The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from only two states were at first present, the members adjourned from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained on May 25. Through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government. All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

Sunday, 17 September, marks the 219th anniversary of the Constitution's signing by our nation's Founders.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How nice of you to post a tribute to the Constitution of the United States. It is truly an amazing document! I often refer to it as being Divinely inspired. While that may be a bit blasphemous, and probably not entirely accurate, the document is so near perfection that one must suspect that its authors and contributors had at least some guidance from our Creator.

It is an amazing, amazing document. It is the foundation of a kind of government that had never before existed. It represents a complete change-of-thought about man, and what his rights and life should be like. The idea that any man, chosen by his peers, could lead. The idea that all men should have a say in how they are governed. The idea that no line of men is “appointed by God” to lead, and that the king is a man just like any other.

People don’t take time to learn history and see how truly amazing this step was for mankind.

Anyway, I’m glad you took time to mention it.

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