After declaring independence from Great Britain, a group of state representatives got together to address weaknesses in America’s Articles of Confederation.
The Articles were an agreement the states had entered into with each other, but proved to be insufficient during the Revolutionary War to address many of the issues that arose. Instead of addressing these weaknesses, the representatives spent a hot Philadelphia summer in a closed off building crafting what would become the new Constitution of the United States. Their final product was highly regarded around the world. The prime minister of England, William E. Gladstone, said, “It is the greatest piece of work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.” The first prime minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, said, “I think and believe that it is one of the most perfect organizations that ever governed a free people.”
Discuss: What is a constitution?
It is the fundamental set of laws that govern a system such as our nation. The Constitution identifies itself in Article 6 as the “supreme Law of the Land.”
This means that all other laws are subordinate, or subject to, an examination against the constitution.
Discuss: If you were to create a family or personal constitution, what are some things that you would include in it as supreme laws in your home in order to maintain freedom and proper order?
Action Item: Create a personal constitution regarding the way you want to live and post it somewhere you will see it. Periodically review and amend it. Create one for your family as well.