September 17 is a special day. In fact, there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
On this date in 1787, thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. In so doing, they launched the most extraordinary experiment in human government in the history of the world by establishing government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
In an era of artistocracies, monarchs, and the ruling elite, “we the people” was a pretty radical idea. It still is in many countries. But for the last 200+ years, the U.S. Constitution has remained a guiding beacon for a country whose people are her greatest strength. (Read the full text here. It’s not that long.)
Another uniquely American founding document is the Declaration of Independence. Ronald Reagan put it this way during a 1981 speech at Yorktown:
“Our Declaration of Independence has been copied by emerging nations around the globe, its themes adopted in places many of us have never heard of. Here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights. We the people declared that the government is created by the people for their own convenience.”
Did you notice which words are the largest in the image above? It’s what makes the U.S. Constitution so extraordinary. Ronaldus Maximus explains further in the video below. At about :49:
If you’re born in the U.S. or a naturalized U.S. citizen, this is your birthright. So stand tall. And while America isn’t perfect, its Constitution is one reason why this nation is indeed “exceptional.” And so are you.
Regardless of what some politicians, candidates, or political parties may think (hi Hillary & Co.), the United States Constitution remains the single greatest government document the world has ever seen. As we celebrate Constitution Day and move into November elections, take some time to reflect on the awesome gift of the Constitution and commit yourself to furthering its principles, supporting those who do likewise, and defeating those who don’t.
Meanwhile, who’s up for some birthday cake and candles?