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Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17th
The American Legion
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011

On September 17th, Americans celebrate the creation of the US Constitution, which has guided the course of our great nation for more than 220 years. On this day in 1787, the US Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign this document that they had created, based on the rule of law and dedicated to the preservation of personal liberty, political freedom, economic opportunity, and the natural rights with which we are all endowed by our Creator.Unfortunately today, America stands at the crossroads envisioned by many of our Founding Fathers, who were acquainted with the failures of the earliest democracies in Greece and Rome. Its citizens fall into two broad categories: those who believe in a small federal government limited to the powers detailed in the Constitution and those who believe the federal government should control every aspect of Americans’ lives from their toilets to light bulbs to fast food. As Ronald Reagan so rightly stated: a government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. So this year, on Constitution Day, please take a few minutes to reflect on the founding of our nation, on the signatories of the US Constitution who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the new nation, and on the courage of those brave individuals who sought a new life in a new land free from the tyranny of an over-reaching King and Parliament.

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