The Constitution is the guiding document that has made it possible for the United States to become the greatest nation in the world. Its first three words—“We the People”—affirm that our government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. That is why at the beginning of this Congress, we read the Constitution in full on the House floor—to reaffirm our commitment to serving our constituents with the Constitution as our guiding principle.
The framers of the Constitution had the foresight to separate and balance our government’s power, protect our natural liberties as citizens, and safeguard local governing rights because they knew this was the best way to preserve self-rule for future generations. We must continue to be vigilant in defending these sacred Constitutional liberties when they come under attack.
It is the Constitution’s enduring strength that binds Americans from coast to coast together as one nation. Today we celebrate the 228th anniversary of our nation’s founding document by honoring the words that form the foundation of the nation we live in today—a nation of life, liberty, and freedom.