In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge said, “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” That is a quote worth thinking about as we approach Constitution Day on September 17th, exactly 226 years after being signed.

If you’ve never done so, this is a great time to actually read the Constitution. It is only about 4,500 words long, and while some parts may be difficult to understand, simply recognizing the brevity of the document can teach us a lot. The US Constitution, which established an entirely new system of government for our country, is far shorter than most individual pieces of legislation today, even those that deal with very straightforward issues. And compared to our federal tax code, the Constitution could fit inside a fortune cookie.

One reason why the Constitution is so short is because the Founders were emphatic about keeping most powers in the hands of the states. As James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Keeping power away of the federal government provided states with the opportunity, not only to be more responsive to the needs and desires of each state’s inhabitants, but also to experiment with different policies and learn from others’ mistakes and successes. That is the meaning behind the idea of states being 50 different laboratories inside one nation.

As parents, we should take time to talk with our kids about our nation’s history and our system of government. Teaching about the founding documents is a great place to start. Besides simply saying that we need to remain true to the Constitution, we must also make the case of why the document itself is significant.

The vision of our founding fathers paved the way for a country that has enjoyed the kind of productivity, prosperity and liberty that had never before been seen in human history. It is up to us to defend and preserve it.

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