Constitution Day. Unlike Independence Day, this day tends to fade into the background. Yet the Framers of the Constitution promoted a vision of liberty that is well worth remembering.
The Preamble to the Constitution begins with three key words: We the People.
- The powers and limits of the Congressional branches of government: the Senate and House of Representatives.
- The responsibility and authority of the Executive branch - the President and executive officers.
- The Judicial branch - the court system made up of the Supreme Court and lower courts.
- The responsibilities and duties of the states in the Union, and the responsibilities of the federal government toward the states.
- The fact that the Constitution can only changed by adding amendments.
- The establishment of the Constitution as the highest law of the land, to be upheld by all officers and judges (as well as statements about debts and engagements the US had before the adoption of the Constitution).
- The explanation of how many states needed to ratify the Constitution.