A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
On September 17th, 1787 there were thirty-eight men who changed the history of the world -- forever. In 1955, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) petitioned Congress to observe Constitution Week from September 17 – 23. Congress adopted the resolution to recognize Constitution Week, which was then signed into Public Law #915 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956. (SOURCE)
It has been said, “the Declaration of Independence was the promise, and the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.”
After the Constitution was signed in September of 1787, Congress sent printed copies of the Constitution to the state legislatures for ratification. In the months that followed, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay would write the Federalist Papers in support of the new Constitution. By June 21, 1788, nine states had approved the Constitution, finally forming "a more perfect Union." (SOURCE)
Many say “the Constitution signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787 represents the greatest expression of statesmanship and compromise ever written. In just four hand-written pages, the Constitution gives us no less than the owners' manual to the greatest form of government the world has ever known.” (SOURCE)
Many Americans believe the Constitution is under attack today -- as it has never been before. And, as Americans have always done when they perceive their country, their constitution, is under attack, they have risen-up and banded together to stave off that attack.
Alan Caruba has an excellent article on Constitution Day 2010 (HERE). We urge you to read it.
There are those among us who are working tirelessly to destroy our constitutional republic, which is founded on the constitution we celebrate today. They are in our government as astounding as that may seem, elected to office in most cases, by the people. The electorate has been slow to awaken, but awakened they are -- and they are yearning to get to the ballot box, in November, to begin the process of restoring America to her rightful place as the constitutional republic she was intended to be by the men who signed that wonderful document.
As we celebrate this founding document let us renew our pledge to protect her from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and then carry through with that pledge at the polls in November.
J. D. Longstreet