Throughout the spring and summer of 1787, delegates met in Philadelphia to lay the groundwork for the formation of a new government. The central government established by the Articles of Confederation had not allowed for adequate strength and authority, and these delegates were seeking a solution that could balance the power of a federal government with that of the states. They were seeking a balance that would allow the states to remain sovereign entities, as they were well aware of the dangers of absolute power concentrated in the hands of a few far from the people they governed. These men had no interest in creating such a system.
Understanding human nature, many feared that this carefully crafted document wouldn’t be enough to safeguard liberty and fought for the inclusion of what became known as the Bill of Rights prior to offering support.
Their concerns were prescient. Today there is no question that over time our freedoms and liberties have been significantly eroded. The solution can be found in the words of Albert Einstein when he stated that, “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.”
Now, nearly 230 years later, we are left to answer this question: What will you do to defend the Constitution and the rights it grants you before they simply become nothing more than words on a paper? Where do you stand?