Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Birthday ... You don't Look a Day Over 230

Congress designated September 17th as Constitution Day (celebrated this year on Monday, September 18th). Two hundred and thirty years ago, thirty-nine delegates to the Federal Convention signed this venerable founding document.

Congress made an error. I believe our elected representatives should have chosen June 21. On that date, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, making it the "supreme law of the land." I believe James Madison would concur. Delegate signatures were important, but only as a milestone. Legitimacy depended not on esteemed delegates, but on ratification by conventions of the people. After all, it's our name that appears first, and in bold, outsized characters. So, as we go about our busy day, let's take a moment to celebrate 

 We the People

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