The people of the United States of America have a rich history of patriotism and a willingness to serve our country, as we so gladly demonstrate on holidays such as Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and most recently the anniversary of the incredibly tragic events of September 11, 2001. It is so important, however, that we also recognize the document which guides our great country, the Constitution, and take the time to understand and appreciate what it means to us.

As each generation grows older, people reflect on the simplicity of the “good ol’ days.” There is something to be said for straightforward common sense, and we can learn that from our Constitution. A surprisingly short document, the Constitution was written by the people and for the people, aiming to both establish the new federal government and also limit its power so that we may be a truly free people.

The founding fathers accounted for the tendency of a ruling entity to grow larger and more powerful than it should, as shown throughout history, and they thus developed the system of checks and balances to prevent that from happening and to keep power at the state and local level. Our country is large and diverse, a true melting pot, so decisions need to be made at the local level, allowing for more customized policymaking. The framers of the Constitution had incredible foresight into that need when crafting our government.

I was glad to honor Constitution Day on September 17th, as it points to the great responsibility we have in government to serve our constituents. It’s been 230 years since our Constitution was signed, and it still remains relevant and an important part of the American mentality. No document reminds us more of our freedoms and rights than the Constitution.

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