The week of Sept. 17-23 marks the 226th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution by members of the 1787 Constitutional Convention of the United States of America. As the Mankato Anthony Wayne Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Regent, I encourage everyone to visit their local library during September to see the display honoring the U.S. Constitution. Throughout the month, regional libraries will have displays honoring the Constitution and commemorating our forefathers’ work on the document. How appropriate to recognize the founding of this document. Let us never forget the heritage we have been given.
It is the U.S. Constitution that guarantees the American freedoms we all enjoy. Sadly, we often take these freedoms for granted. When we say the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag” we say “and to the Republic for which it stands.” Our country is a republic under constitutional law.
Without the Constitution, our laws would be arbitrary. Law that is arbitrary means that it changes to the whims of the times and whoever is in power. The Declaration of Independence was written to explain why the people should have their own government apart from England. The Constitution is the foundation for our American government and the Declaration supports the Constitution. They must stand together to be properly understood.
Our Constitution has stood the test of time and continues to preserve for us our God-given, unalienable rights. The Constitution is the guardian of our liberty.
To understand the real meaning and spirit of the Constitution, it is necessary to read the ratifying debates. Those debates show the thinking and reasoning of the framers of the Constitution.
Susan Carleton Jirele