by Jay Marts
Monday September 17 is Constitution Day. This marks the observance of the adoption of our founding document. Two Hundred and Twenty Five years since 39 men signed this first draft at the Convention in 1787. I would be nine months later on June 21, 1788 it was put into effect after the 9th State, New Hampshire ratified it. It has served us well as it is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
There was celebration:
John Adams referred to the Constitution as “the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen” and George Washington wrote to the Marquis de Lafayette that “It (the Constitution) appears to me, then, little short of a miracle.”
There was dissent:
“My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of ‘We, the People,’ instead of ‘We, the States’?”
— Patrick Henry, 1788
There was speculation:
“The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
— Thomas Jefferson
There was prophecy:
“I am exceedingly distressed at the proceedings of the Convention—being … almost sure, they will … lay the foundation of a Civil War.”
— Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts Delegate), 1787
Please join your fellow citizens and the Northern Shenandoah Valley TEA party for a “Conversation on the Constitution” @ The House of Light & Cafe, 13 E. Main Street, Berryville 22611. We will gather @ 6:30p, meeting begins at 7:00p. Our featured speaker will be Delegate Randy Minchew and special guest Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter.
Jay L. Marts is the chairman of the Northern Virginia Tea Party.