December 18, 2018

Celebrate Constitution Week

“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 229 years ago, are the Preamble to our Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest constitution still in active use in the world today and is the basic document of our republic, which protects the individual liberties of all citizens through written law.

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.   There are only two ways to amend the Constitution, which are outlined in Article V. Since 1787, there have been more than 10,000 amendments proposed in Congress since 1789, but less than one percent have received enough support to go through the constitutional ratification process.

From the time of it’s signing the Constitution has only changed 27 times. The first ten amendments to the Constitution are known as the “Bill of Rights.” The First Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on December 15, 1791 – 2 years, 2 months, and 20 days after it was submitted for ratification.

Amendment twenty-seven was ratified May 7, 1992 – 202 years, 7 months and 12 days after it was submitted for ratification. The 26th Amendment only took 3 months and 8 days to go through the ratification process in 1971.

During Constitution Week, September 17 – 23, we invite you to join us as we celebrate 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. Take the time to refresh your knowledge of the Constitution and what it means for you and your life!

These Constitution facts were provided by the James Stewart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, www.jamesstewartchapterdar.org.

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