17 September – This should be THE most important date on every U.S. calendar.
17 September 1787 – The Constitution of the United States of America was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The guiding principles of this nation are set forth in this document. EVERY soldier, sailor, marine, U.S. Congressman/Congresswoman, U.S. Senator, Supreme Court Justice, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President and cabinet member take an oath to Preserve, Protect and Defend – THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
I would that every American citizen carried a copy of the U.S. Constitution in their purse or wallet and read it from time to time.
We The People are charged with keeping those that represent us focused on this document. Too often the winds of public opinion allow politicians to drift from the established guidelines, and laws of this document. Herein are the responsibilities of Federal Office and the RIGHTS GUARANTEED to every citizen of this nation.
Take the time to READ the Constitution.
I encourage you to also read Plain, Honest Men – The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman and The Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen. Both are excellent volumes.
Also on this date was The Most Bloody Battle ever endured on U.S. soil. The Single Day battle at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland saw Americans from North and South inflict over 25,000 casualties upon each other. The result of the battle saw the Confederate Army retreat back into Virginia and cease their attempted invasion into the northern states. It was the victory that allowed President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. This lead to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.