“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.”
No one sentence could better sum up the American spirit than the opening line of our Constitution. For 227 years these words have served not just as a set of guiding principles for our nation, but as the building blocks for the greatest democracy the world has ever known.
America’s Constitution is far more than just a blueprint for good government; that one piece of paper has served as the strongest barricade against tyranny and the most secure protector of freedom and individual liberty in the history of the world.
Yesterday, Constitution Day, marked the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Bold and innovative in its restrictions of the power of government at the time, it remains a beacon of freedom to this day.
In short, no one has done it better.
For all the political ills, the dangers of international terrorism, and legal battles we face in America today, it is right that we take a step back, not just on this one day a year, and remember the “Blessings of Liberty” that we as the “Posterity” ascribed in the document itself enjoy today.
No nation in the world has secured religious liberty for so many as America. It would be impossible without the strict protections of the Constitution. The same can be said for the freedom of speech and the press and so many other liberties as well.
At the ACLJ, we’re in court (many times at the Supreme Court), walking the halls of Congress, and speaking out in the court of public opinion, fighting to protect these freedoms. But none of it would be possible without the Constitution.
I could spend all day talking about the intricacies of federalism and how paring the states’ interests against that of the federal government provides each of us more security (I’ll spare you) or how the separation of power is so historically unique and effective for the preservation of liberty (again I’ll spare you). But without these constitutional principles, we would be subjected to tyranny, whether it be on the whim of the majority or at the hand …read more