“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
These words, written 226 years ago are the Preamble to our Constitution.
At the time of the ratification of the Constitution, the population of the United States was only 4 million. Today the population exceeds 300 million. From the time of its signing, the Constitution has only changed 27 times which includes the first ten amendments, also known as the ‘Bill of Rights’.
There are two ways to amend the Constitution, as prescribed by Article V. There have been more than 10,000 amendments proposed in Congress since 1789, but less than one percent has received enough support to go through the constitutional ratification process.
This is Constitution Week, September 17-23, celebrating the signing of this important document. Read beyond the Preamble to understand the structure of the three branches of our representative government. Study the Amendments and the Bill of Rights. Know your Constitution!
This Constitution Minute was provided by the James Stewart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Franklin, Georgia.
Marifaythe Whitley, Constitution Week Chairman