On this day 227 years ago, a brilliant group of people gathered together in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
They had fought for and won their independence. And after several months of discussing, debating, and drafting, they wrote a four-page document that defined the limited role of our federal government. It was our Constitution — the contract between our government and we the people.
For the first time a nation was established to protect human liberty. A nation that recognized our rights come from our Creator and are not given to us by government or decree.
Can you imagine being there? Can you envision George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and so many more incredible minds considering how to best secure liberty for future generations?
Because that’s what was truly on their minds.
“Posterity!” John Adams later wrote. “You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”
It’s no small miracle that we remain a relatively free people today.
This is why you and I do what we do.
The Founders won a great battle for our freedom from the British when they secured our independence and signed our Constitution. But the struggle did not end there. It is now up to you and me to ensure that our liberties do not fade, and that our Constitution is remembered and revered for generations to come.
And that is why today, on hundreds of college campuses across America, thousands of young people are rallying to celebrate the ratification of our founding document.
I can’t help but think that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington would be proud to know that more than two centuries later, young people are taking an entire week to celebrate the principles enshrined in our Constitution.
We’ve taken a lot of steps in the wrong direction throughout our history. And we certainly have a long way to go to once again restore our republic. But thanks to your support and the work of thousands of youth activists across the country, I can honestly say — today, I am hopeful.
“The Constitution,” George Washington wrote, “is the guide which I will never abandon.”
More than 200 years later, the Constitution is still my guide to a free nation and a free people. And with your support, we will continue to promote a society that provides the most freedom, peace, and prosperity, for the most amount of people.
Cheers to you on this day. Happy Constitution Day!Published in