With many of our rights and freedoms under assault at this time, it makes sense to honor our Founding Fathers for the work that they did over two centuries ago.
When they had experienced enough tyranny from King George III of England, when their pleas and requests were shunned or ignored, when the Brits ordered trade blockades, and more, much much more, they went to war and drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. They did so knowing full well that it would mean losing everything if the Revolutionary War was lost. But America prevailed. It won its freedom.
They were quite learned men, many of them knew historically what had made for good and for bad governments, knowing full well that a good government was one that did not encroach upon the citizenry. Yes, they haggled and argued and compromised. But they never lost sight of the end result and that was the United States Constitution, formally signed exactly 230 years ago today, on September 17, 1787.
The document that our Founding Fathers created and signed was like no other ever devised, especially when the Bill of Rights was added on December 15, 1791. Our freedom, as long as the US Constitution is followed, is guaranteed.
There are those who question a document 200+ years old and how it can be relevant today. There is an easy answer. In the manner in which it was written. There were no time-specific conditions, other than handling the then-current debt. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were created by forward-looking men, men who knew the world would change and provided us with something that could and would grow with us.
It is unfortunate, however, that we have allowed that precious document to be “interpreted” to mean what it does not say. As one example, when the Courts decided that prayers could not be said in school those justices were violating our Constitution. If there are some who do not wish to pray in school, that is fine. But there is nothing unconstitutional about saying prayer in school. Period.
Losing that portion of one of our rights should infuriate any Patriot because what follows is that there are other rights, other freedoms that get taken from us, gradually and (now) generally under the guise of “national security.” We need to watch our present-day politicians, as they are not statesmen of 200 years ago who carry on open discussion, and even arguments, to reach a consensus of what is right “for the people.” No, politicians of today are bought and paid for by myriad individuals and concerns.
Forgive me as I have strayed from my original thought, thanking our Founding Fathers for their excellent work. For their work should be admired as much as it should be followed. Incredible documents outlining our rights, our freedoms, our liberty.
by Scott D. Welch, Patriot
Direct descendant of 8 Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War
Cousin of Patrick Henry
The entertaining and informative In Search of Liberty movie is a great refresher (if it's been a while) or educational tool (for those who know very little) about our U.S. Constitution, and is a movie that All Americans should watch.