Happy Constitution Day everybody! Technically, Constitution Day is tomorrow, Saturday September 17, but is being celebrated today. What are we celebrating? The 224th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
John Adams said the Constitution was the result of "the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen." His praise was not exaggerated; by this document the Founding Fathers framed a republican form of government unique in history, restrained within strictly defined lawful bounds. It set up limited powers for the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Because its authors knew governments tend toward corruption, they added a Bill of Rights - the original 10 amendments to the Constitution - stipulating all the things the Federal government is not allowed to do.
Constitution Day is also used to commemorate the 39 patriots who signed the founding document in 1787.