Friday, September 17, 2010

Constitution Day Celebrates "We the People"

Today public institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding are holding educational programs pertaining to the U.S. Constitution, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution.

This document is the most enduring written Constitution ever created, giving power to the citizens, with a series of checks and balances designed to prevent the Executive, Judiciary, or Legislative bodies from growing out of control. James Madison wrote,

"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

The Heritage Foundation created this short video reminding us how the Constitution guides and protects our freedoms to this very day, while reflecting on how we can return our country to its First Principles.



Last month my family spent time in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. allowing us the opportunity to first see the location where the Constitutional delegates discussed, debated, approved, and signed our U.S. Constitution, and then a few days later actually view the official document on display at the National Archives Rotunda.

Today, the National Archives released this short two-minute video giving you a slightly behind-the-scenes look inside their vault at other documents created in conjunction with our Constitution. Note the value the founders placed on the phrase, "We the People."




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