Another anniversary happened yesterday as I was blogging on Abraham Lincoln in Cincinnati and others on the battle along Antietam Creek in Maryland - the Constitution of the United States of America was signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.
Granted, it did not become official law for several months, when 9 of the states had ratified it, but the anniversary of its signing is certainly a day worth remembering and pondering.
Can you imagine a group of politicians with all their egos, ambitions and other motives gathering together to hammer out such an agreement to form a new nation? What an incredible feat that was.
The Constitution as is may not be perfect, may have its flaws, may not have settled all questions of government or all issues that came about, but it's still the best form of goverment known to man from what I have seen. No work of man will be without errors, and I'm sure every person who reads this wishes some clause or article or amendment could be changed, added, deleted or re-written, but for this agreement to hold up so well for over two centuries is a remarkable feat, showing just how remarkable that generation of men who put it together were.
Tom Brokaw may have called his own generation "The Greatest Generation" but the Founding Fathers of this nation, flawed as they were, deserve that label as much as anyone else, given their success in the Revolution and the formation of such a long-lasting governmental blueprint.
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