Happy Constitution Day!
Were we the first to greet you in such a manner?
Well, if so or if not, it is something to celebrate. Here's why:
this day in 1787, thirty-nine Founding Fathers signed this important document. It's the longest lasting Constitution in the
world. Without this important document, our lives would be very, very different today. Obviously, this monumental day should be celebrated. Hence, America
calls September 17 Constitution Day.
When was the last
time that you read the Constitution? We encourage you to read it this week. (Click here to read our Constitution.) It's important that we Americans know what is in the Constitution because it's important
to know our rights. We also encourage
you to learn about the background of the Constitution.
Founding Fathers provided detailed information about the original intent of the Constitution and the meaning behind it. We
know through documents (such as the Federalist Papers) what the Founding Fathers had in mind. Today secular leaders and judges try to erase our very well-documented
Christian history and they attempt to secularize the original intent of the Founding Fathers. However, freedom is a deeply
held Christian value. Of course, certain amendments were absolutely necessary (e.g. removing racism and improving women's
rights, both of which are Christian values), the astounding applicability and resilience of the Constitution should be considered
outstanding and a true blessing to cherish.
It's up to us to educate ourselves and fellow younger
Americans about the truth. (There are many excellent resources available from historians David Barton and Rick Green of Wallbuilders. Their web site has a lot of free resources, too.)
Today we hope you will enjoy this very special edition of Unite the USA and learn all about the Constitution.
By learning how our freedoms were preserved, we can help to preserve the freedoms of future generations.
Protect the Constitution by voting for people who respect it. With God's help,
we'll celebrate Constitution Day for years to come. Let's celebrate today!
God bless you,
Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA
Happy Birthday to Senator Chuck Grassley!
Happy Birthday to our friend and amazing American, Senator Chuck Grassley!
God bless him on his birthday and every day. How perfect that he was born on Constitution Day.
Remember to pray
for him as he serves.
This Month's Bible Verse
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
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This Month's Historical Video
|President Reagan's Remarks at the Bicentennial Celebration of the U.S. Constitution |
This month's historical
video features footage from the bicentennial celebration of the U.S. Constitution in 1987. It includes remarks from President
Ronald Reagan and Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
on Constitution Day
Enjoy this short video by David Barton of Wallbuilders.com as he explains the meaning of Constitution Day.
The Convention of 1787 was the capstone in a chain of events
that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
The debates on the Constitution did not go smoothly at first.
In fact, Benjamin Franklin recommended
they begin daily prayers to help the process along. Eventually they came together to produce the Constitution - the
most successful governing document in world history. It was signed on September 17, 1787
, a day we now celebrate as "Constitution Day." Many delegates expressed their belief that writing the Constitution
would not have been possible without the Divine aid they personally witnessed and openly acknowledged.
: "For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God
never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests."
James Madison agreed
: "It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of the Almighty Hand which has been
so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution."
involved with writing the Constitution were trained in theology or ministry
, including Abraham Baldwin, James Wilson, Hugh Williamson, Oliver Ellsworth and others. The Constitution was then sent to
the states to be ratified
, and about four dozen
clergymen were elected from among the various states as delegates to ratify the Constitution. The influence of Biblical
faith on that document was apparent, and under it, Americans
have been blessed!
As President Calvin Coolidge affirmed: "[T]he more I study [the Constitution], the
more I have come to admire it, realizing that no other document devised by the hand of man ever brought so much progress and
happiness to humanity. . . . To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that has ever occurred
to the human race."
Because the Constitution is such a unique and remarkable document, federal law
requires that every year on Constitution Day, all public schools must hold a special program on the Constitution; sadly,
few schools follow this law. But that should not keep every citizen from celebrating that document. Each of us should read
and know that document, and teach it to others. So read
the Constitution for yourself today, and here
are some links
that can be used in public schools to teach the Constitution on Constitution Day. Share this information with schools,
educators, and students around you!
Happy Constitution Day!
this quiz and test your knowledge!
1. What state was the first to ratify the Constitution?
2. What are the five rights guaranteed
in the First Amendment of the Constitution?
was the Constitution ratified by the ninth state, meaning that it officially became the governing document of the US?
4. How many delegates signed the Constitution?
5. Six Founding Fathers signed both
the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Can you name them?
6. Who was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention? Who was the
1. Delaware. With a vote of 30-0, Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution in December 1787. 2. The First Amendment prohibits Congress from making laws restricting religion, speech, the press, assembly, and the right of petition. 3. On June 21, 1788 New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution. 6. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate to the Constitution Convention at 81 years old. Jonathan Dayton was the youngest at 26.
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