Fighting for Florida
| Sep 17 2011
On this 224th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, we celebrate the principles of freedom, security and limited government.
Constitution Day reminds us of our nation’s first principles, including the Preamble’s commitment to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
Our Founding Fathers understood the corrupting influence of concentrated power. When they prepared the Constitution they provided limited and specific grants of powers to the Federal Government, while reserving most powers for the States and the People, respectively.
Our Constitution creates a series of checks and balances among the three branches of the Federal Government to further limit its powers. Ultimately, our founders understood and acknowledged that the people themselves were the ultimate source of legitimate authority.
In this era of ever-expanding Washington bureaucracies, we would be wise to heed James Madison’s words before the Constitution was ratified that “the powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
I believe in American exceptionalism. It is easy to take for granted how special and unique this country is. Our adherence to our Constitution 224 years after its signing assures our freedom and liberty and is one of the things that makes us exceptional. On this Constitution Day, all of us should re-commit ourselves to ensuring that the liberties established by our Constitution are passed on to our children and grandchildren.