Updated: Sep 18, 2020
"We, the people…" there are not many other places where three words can be as easily identifiable as the United States Constitution. Today is Constitution Day; this is not the day the constitution was created, it is not the day when it was last ratified, but it is the day it was signed. Knowing there was still more work to do and more amendments to be made, delegates agreed to keep working on it. It was and still is a living document. The founders who came together so many years ago had the forethought to understand they would need to make changes, be flexible, and see another side of things.
Many of us had to memorize the preamble as grade school students, and just like singing along to a song on the radio, we often do not stop to think about the words. Consider taking some time today and read this document. Look at it with the understanding that it was written by imperfect men, with prejudices, flaws, and the weight of events at hand bearing down on them. Contemplate the providence in the idea that they created it as a living document to be changed to better serve the people who belonged to this new union.
We are not a perfect country, our founders were not perfect, and as history tells, we have made grotesque errors. Nevertheless, when we dive deep and truly explore our history and roots, we can genuinely learn from our past mistakes when examining it and seeing it from different perspectives. We can grow from our darkest times and bring to light a renewed love for our country and our fellow man and "form a more perfect union." “The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty-bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”
― Albert Einstein