Editorial: We all need to learn what the Constitution says

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.

Those words were penned in 1787 as the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America. On Sept. 17 of that year, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. That day was established as Constitution Day and students in Smiths Station schools celebrated Tuesday with facts and fanfare. 

The US Constitution consists of seven articles and 27 amendments, including the Bill of Rights. 

But what is it?

Whitehouse.gov gives the best definition: “The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens.” 

One former British Prime Minister at the time of the penning of the document, W. E. Gladstone, said the following of the constitution: “As the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from the womb and long gestation of progressive history, so the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

High school students are learning about this important document and celebrating what it means. We should all take time to read it. 


In the Sept. 12 edition of The Citizen, it was erroneously reported that homeless veteran, Specialist Gary L. Andrews, was born in 1975. He was born August 24, 1951.