September 17 is Constitution Day or Citizenship Day, celebrating the signing of the U. S. Constitution on that day in 1787.
It would be appropriate to run the Constitution in its entirety, but we realize most people would never take the time to read it. Instead, we are running the Bill of Rights, better known as the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution which were passed by Congress less than two years later in March of 1789.
Please take time to read these and remind yourself that these ten amendments have been protecting us nearly 225 years.
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution…