222 Years‏

On September 17, 1787 our US Constitution was ratified in Philadelphia. It begins with the words, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Not too long ago U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was in Missoula talking about our constitution. He made remarks about the judicial activism which is changing the application of our constitution while ignoring the process it provides to allow it to be altered or adapted, called the amendment process. He made what I considered to be a profound statement when he said, “The constitution is not a living document it is a legal document.”

Upon the completion of the constitutional convention Benjamin Franklin commented about the sun carved on the back of the chair used by George Washington for three months while serving as president of the convention. His words were, “I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

Today marks the 222nd anniversary of that date. I trust to God that we are once again watching the Son rise over our land at the beginning of a third great awakening. When Dr. Franklin left the convention hall for the last time on the following day he was approached by a woman who asked what kind of government had been decided upon. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

As we continue to arise and to awake others, I am confident on this 222nd anniversary that we Will Keep It.

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