Constitution: We the people own it

September 7, 2013

As we approach Sept. 17-23, 2013 Constitutional Week, let’s remember what has brought us, the state and the nation to where we are today. If at any time in history there is a need to remind ourselves what our forefathers sacrificed for all of us, it is now. In the past several years the Constitution has been challenged and disrespected by our news media, our state and federal governments, citizens and religious factions.

Let’s reflect on how our forefathers created such a document based upon Christian beliefs to preserve the country in their day and in the future in the mist of hostile forces, knowing if they failed, all would lose their families, fortunes and most of all, their lives.

Our forefathers (delegates from every colony) assembled in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, chose to replace then revise the Articles of Confederation. The delegates held their meeting in secret to evaluate representation, slavery, taxes and procedures in the election of a president. For four months, debates, arguments and compromise dominated the meetings. Several state delegates created their own plans on how a new government should work.

After months of debating the delegates opinions, suggestions, thoughts and insights the first draft of the Constitution was accepted Aug. 6, 1787. With the first draft in place, delegates continued to discuss, debate, fine tune the final draft and vote on the Constitution. After the final vote, the Constitution was sent to the states where nine states where needed for success. The first state to ratify the Constitution was Delaware and the ninth state was New Hampshire, nine months after the process began.

The U.S. Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787, laying out the structure of the American government we know today and is the oldest written Constitution. The framers of the Constitution worried immensely about the dangers of concentrated power from their experiences dealing with Britain’s king and parliament. When designing the Constitution, the framers were careful to create a system of government which no individual or institution could obtain tyrannical power. They designed the United States government with the power to check and balance the others into three coequal branches - Legislative, Executive and Judicial.

This system of government for 226 years has propelled our nation to the heights no other civilization has achieved in history of the world and reminds you of the quote, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” It is never so prevalent with the latest attempts by our federal and state governments in the past year, to infringe on the people’s rights that were given to us by the men that were determined against all odds, sacrificing life and limb and with their deep faith in God, give us the life they could only dream of.

As we embark using the Constitution as our guide like are ancestors before us, strive for excellence that propels patriotism, principles and prosperity along with our faith in God.

We, the People of the United States take an oath and have the responsibility as citizens of this country to protect, defend and preserve The Constitution for our children and grandchildren’s future, because We the People Own It.

Lacey Lafferty

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