The outcome of the Constitutional Convention was a country of self-governing people who would elect their own representatives to govern themselves with their own laws. And what an entirely new recipe it was! A bit of democracy in the House of Representatives to represent the people. A little of aristocracy to represent monied interests in the senate. A modest amount of monarchy in the president for efficiency and dispatch. With a touch of judicial oversight in the courts to interpret the laws and defend the document from political encroachment. But the real power is in our hands to exercise our power of choice, in voting, to empower leaders with the principles we support rather than their own ambition or the avarice of individuals or corporations.
Why should we celebrate the day of the US Constitution’s origination? For one, it is imperative that every generation understands fully the power and importance of this miraculous document and its relationship to our personal liberty. Recognizing the importance of generational liberty George Washington said this: “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
September 17, 1787 witnessed a crescendo of the Constitutional Convention that conceived the greatest nation to have ever been birthed. What emerged from the convention was a miracle of minds meeting and coalescing around forging a stronger document on which to build a nation. But one must ask: Is the sun on America still rising or is it now setting?
Why would we care about a monarch in the era of increasing democracies and mixed constitutional republics? The type of autocratic rule by one great monarch was challenged over time by barons and the Church of England, and these groups united against the monarchy. Together they wrote the extraordinary charter of rights known as Magna Carta to protect their rights as English freemen. This document became one of the types and shadows of our own Constitution and Bill of Rights.