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Our Constitution: What we have forgotten

Today is a very special day in our Republic’s history.  223 years ago in Philadelphia, delegates from the thirteen colonies emerged from Independence Hall after a long hot summer of heated debates over how we as a confederation of states should move forward.  What was sold as a convention to modify the Articles of Confederation quickly turned into one that would change the world.  The convention doors and debates were closed to the public.  This imposed media blackout was crafted to ensure delegates could speak freely without worrying about any repercussion from the public.

When the convention kicked off in May, George Washington was unanimously elected President of the convention.  As the temperatures rose during that summer of 1787 so did tempers on the floor in Independence Hall as a new form of government was hashed out for the colonies to embrace.  Some delegates wanted a very strong central government because it was clear that a loose confederation of states under the Article of Confederation had failed.  Still others demand that states must maintain their sovereignty and be the driving force behind any form of government that emerged from the convention.  And finally there were those that wanted to find a balance between the states and a federal government.  At times the debates became so heated that delegates actually left the convention and headed home.

By September there appeared to be an agreement.  Many in Philadelphia wondered what type of government was crafted behind those closed doors.  A woman asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”  Benjamin Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  The question we must ask ourselves today is did we keep the Republic?  My answer is we have not kept the Republic.

Below is a video clip from the 1960s Andy Griffith show to help explain my position.

I know this is a funny little clip, but there is a hint of truth in it.  Why have we the people allowed our elected representatives and President to usurp our Constitution on a daily basis?  The main reason in my opinion is because many people simply do not know the Constitution.  They have not taken the time to study and learn about the document that was designed to protect their rights from tyrannical forces.  And when people are ignorant, they become weak and easily manipulated; that is an absolutely unacceptable place to be.

Our founders painstakingly spent an entire summer crafting a document that was designed to protect our rights and how do many of the citizens thank them for this precious gift; they don’t even take the time to read it.  We have forgotten the story of that summer.  We have forgotten how liberty is a gift that should be guarded with our very lives.  We have forgotten the blood that was shed so we can be free.  We have forgotten our Constitution.  This must change and change soon.  Our congress will continue to trample all over our rights for as long as we allow it.  Today is Constitution Day and I would ask all of my readers whether you have read it or not to take the time to read it again.  Knowledge is power and until we gain the knowledge we will have little power to stop them from using it as a doormat and using it against us. 

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: 1787, Andy Griffith, Constitution Day, Founders, Philadelphia Convention, US Constitution

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  • tha malcontent September 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Yes, we have forgotten Constitution Day, but we don't seem to have any problem remembering Cinco de Mayo! Do we!

  • John Carey September 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    So true malcontent while at the same time very sad.