Today was Constitution Day and I am making a post that I should have started the day with instead of ending with it.
I found an article that was published on Constitution Day in one of my Grandma’s Scrapbooks, so decided to share it with you this evening and comment on a few excerpts.
The article actually starts 169 years old today … so we can calculate that it was written in 1956. Below is the preamble with the original spelling and capitalization.
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.
I am sure that many of you had the preamble memorized at one point in your life as it is a common practice in History classes.
These 52 words state in beautiful simplicity the purpose of the Constitution of the United States of America. It behooves us on this the 169th birthday of the signing of this timeless document to bow our heads in thanks to the God-given wisdom of our forefathers for the work which has made our nation the greatest in the history of Earth.
This is still true today, and we definitely need to give thanks for those that did sign our Constitution.
The article goes on to talk about the rights that were bestowed upon us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I will share the last two paragraphs as the thoughts and warnings are still valid today.
With few exceptions we exercise all of the foregoing rights. There is one right bestowed upon us by our Constitution, however that many of us do not exercise. This right is the cornerstone of our great democracy. This is the right to vote.
We must remember that voting is an important right that was given to us by the Constitution. We need to make sure that we not only vote, but that we also educate ourselves on the choices that we make as voters.
If we are to protect our rights under this great Constitution we must be eternally vigilant. Our Government is only as safe as the integrity of those we elect to public office!
I really like the last paragraph of this article. This was a warning made 58 years ago that we need to make sure that we are still paying attention to. We must make sure that we look for men of integrity to lead us and make decisions for our nation.