Our Freedom Calendars are here just in time for Constitution Day. Each month covers a different amendment from the Bill of Rights. Everyone who has donated $50 this year will receive a Freedom Calendar as our thank you. Additional Freedom Calendars are available for $5 each. If you are in Reno/Sparks or Elko you can pick them up. If not, we can mail them for $1 each. Every year they seem to be more popular!
Celebrate the Constitution!!!
September 17, 1787 is the day our founding fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. In 2004, Constitution Day, September 17th was established in law by Senator Byrd with an amendment to the Omnibus spending bill. Constitution Day is an opportunity to remember the blessings of law and liberty bequeathed to future generations by the sacrifices of our founders.
In order to get the Constitution passed by the States the founders changed the unanimous requirement in the Articles of Confederation to only nine of thirteen states in the new Constitution. This is a significant point to remember when we consider that the Constitution in Article V allows all portions of the Constitution to be amended except the requirement that each state have two Senators. This means that the requirements for ratification can be changed, such as the requirement that 3/4ths of the states agree before the Constitution can be amended.
James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution. Not only was he the moving force in calling the original Constitutional Convention, but he wrote the initial plan…the Virginia plan. Madison kept copious notes of the Convention. This made his contributions to the Federalists Papers invaluable in selling the Constitution to the States for ratification.
Ratification was in doubt in his own critical state of Virginia. Patrick Henry, the former Governor and famed orator, lead the opposition to ratification. One of the most significant concerns was that there was no Bill of Rights similar to the Virginia Declaration of Rights in the Constitution. This was the reason George Mason, as a delegate from Virginia to the Constitutional Convention, did not sign the Constitution.
James Madison, because of his intimate knowledge of the Constitution, was able to counter all of Patrick Henry’s eloquent arguments. In the end, after twenty-three days of debate, the Virginia Convention ratified the Constitution in a close 89 to 79 vote. The Convention recommended a Bill of Rights but did not make ratification contingent upon it. Madison later made it his personal mission to insure that Congress added a Bill of Rights to the Constitution as the first ten amendments. The Bill of Rights were finally added on December 15, 1791.
How thankful we should all be to the founders who signed the Constitution and to those who didn’t because they, like George Mason, insisted on the inclusion of a Bill of Rights. Indeed, we owe a great debt of gratitude to James Madison for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights this Constitution Day, September 17, 2016…two hundred twenty-nine years later.
Article VII of the Constitution states, it was, “done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…” The Constitution, as the Founders recognized, is an incredible gift from our Lord Jesus Christ, the author of Liberty.
Celebrate the Constitution!!!