September 16, 2011, Arlington, VA— On September 17, 1787 the Founding Fathers finished one of the greatest documents in history: The United States Constitution.
The document established roles for the federal government, outlined rights guaranteed to American citizens, and formed a check-and-balance system to rival any other. It was to be a model for the rest of the world.
When leaving Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked what system of government had been created. He responded: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Two-hundred and twenty four years later, we find a nation in turmoil.
Demagoguery, class warfare, military conflicts, and a struggling economy are some of many issues plaguing modern political discourse. No matter how grim our current circumstances may appear, there is one day each year where we should pause and reflect on the history of America.
Tomorrow—Constitution Day—there are a number of opportunities to get engaged.
The Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform is encouraging all conservative student organizations to pass out Constitutions and inform their peers of their rights and liberties. For more information on how to do this, check out the Constitution Day page.
We Read the Constitution, a project of Let Freedom Ring, says you do not need to do anything elaborate—just read the Constitution “in your community, out loud, proud and in public.” By using their interactive map, you can find parties at which Americans will gather to read the Constitution.
Several organizations in the DC area will host events:
• State Policy Network’s Happy Hour with Constitution-themed cocktails from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, September 16; 1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 360; Arlington, VA 22209
• The National Archives will host a discussion on James Madison and an ice cream social with First Lady Dolley Madison; Friday, September 16 from 12-2 p.m.—click here for more information.
• The Conservative Caucus will host their annual Constitution Day event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the Hyatt Arlington in Rosslyn, VA. Admission is free. If you wish to attend, please email info@ConservativeUSA.org or call 703-938-9626 to reserve a place.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” states the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.