The City of Louisville is known as “Constitution Town” and is the originator of Ohio’s celebration of Constitution Day, thanks to the leadership of Olga T. Weber, a Louisville native. Mrs. Weber was a leader of the Committee for the Preservation of the Constitution and lobbied both the Ohio General Assembly and Congress for an official observance. The committee was successful and in 1953, Ohio declared September 17, as Constitution Day and was followed in 1955, by the federal declaration of Constitution Week.

In a time of much division in our county, I’m grateful for Mrs. Weber’s foresight of the need to honor the document that binds our country together, guarantees our freedoms, and established a government that strives to represent not just the majority, but all Americans. This year marks the 230th anniversary of the establishment of our current form of government, formed by the world’s longest surviving written governmental framework.

The Constitution, as we learned in elementary school, is a living breathing document. It comes with 27 amendments, ten of which were planned as a compromise during the Constitutional Convention. Due to these changes, the document is better than it was when it was originally drafted. These amendments abolish slavery; extend the right to vote to African Americans, women, and those over 18; and guarantee some of our most basic freedoms – of speech, press, religion, and assembly.

Our form of government is something we often take for granted. Only 98 years ago, as a woman, I would not have had the right to vote, and today I’m serving as your state representative. The Founding Fathers knew there was a need to make thoughtful changes to the Constitution and drafted a framework that allows for deliberate change through a two-thirds vote of both chambers of Congress or, through the application of two-thirds of the state legislatures, a process known as a Convention of States that is being considered today.

While the Constitution is not perfect and I am an advocate for the Convention of States, I believe the Founding Fathers created a document, through compromise, that was in a form that ensured our republic is still in place today. The two camps of thought at the time of the signing, the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, came to a compromise that allowed for the creation of this great nation. Every Constitution Day, and during Louisville’s Constitution Festival, I take pause and say a prayer of thanks that I am an American and live under the guide of the imperfectly perfect 230-year-old framework established by the U.S. Constitution.

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