America is the only nation in the world that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. - G.K. Chesterton, British/Christian Philosopher and Writer
September 17, today, is Constitution Day. Our Constitution, the foundation of the greatest country the world has ever seen, has done much to change world history. The principles that the Constitution stands for are timeless. Today we see the Constitution under attack and people wanting to dismantle it, even though the Constitution has resulted in the greatest amount of liberty the world has ever seen. The principles of America and the Constitution transcend the generational gap. The Constitution helps make America exceptional.
We must remember that the Constitution was based upon the principles first listed in the Declaration. The Constitution was the first to enforce an idea of equality and liberty. No other nation has ever done this concept. The Constitution is an American experiment. The Constitution was a successful experiment. We must not let go of the Constitution, the document that has succeeded in protecting liberty.
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restfull. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers. - Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States
The Constitution is a GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT. Read its preamble, consider it purposes. - Fredrick Douglas, former slave