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The U.S. Constitution “needs a strong defense.” Yes, I’m borrowing the line from Hamilton. But years later, unfortunately, it remains true.
These days, the Constitution doesn’t seem like it’d win any popularity contests.
Some suggest that the Constitution — written by white men who lived and died centuries ago — should be replaced.
There’s no denying the Constitution is old — and that America continues to work to fully realize its ideals for all people. Yet the legal framework it provides still works today.
These days, voices on both the left and right tell Americans that they have no agency and no ability to effect change. That conspiracies and oligarchies, not grassroots voices and votes, are how things really happen. Unfortunately, these untrue claims have a cost: They lead to people feeling hopeless and to a lack of trust in our Constitution and our democratic process.
But it’s the Constitution that guarantees that Americans have the power to effect change. Free speech has always been the engine for people to make their voices heard.
As George Washington said, the power of the Constitution will always be with the people. It puts “we the people” in charge.
For Americans who are concerned about division and looking for ways to heal the deep fractures in our country, a government focused on adhering to the Constitution – even if any individual act of adherence is unpopular — is a necessary part of that.
What the founding fathers left us still works. Calvin Coolidge once said that “to live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” Let’s celebrate Constitution Day on September 17 accordingly.
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