The Constitutional Convention of 1787 lasted
nearly four months, fraught with debates, discussions, and compromise. From May
25, 1787 until the signing of the final draft on September 17, 1787, every issue
was on the table, every word was scrutinized.
The United States Senate has placed the following on
their website, www.Senate.gov, "The United
States celebrates Constitution Day on the 17th of September. On that day in
1787, thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia
signed the Constitution
of the United States
. Among the important consequences
of that action was the creation
of the United States Senate
. This would not have been
possible without the Great
Compromise reached one month earlier, which established
the basis of representation in the Senate and House of Representatives, ending a
dispute between the large and small states. New Hampshire adopted the
Constitution on June 21, 1788, becoming the necessary ninth state to ensure the
document's ratification. The following September, the Pennsylvania legislature
elected William Maclay and Robert Morris, the first
United States senators chosen under the new
Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert
C. Byrd introduced and the Senate passed legislation to
establish a yearly celebration of 'Constitution Day.' "
The following is written by Dorothy Robbins, der1776@..., who serves in California
J.A.I.L. as an Associate JAILer-In-Chief, (AJIC).
SEPTEMBER 17, 1787
Two hundred years ago today
Our Founding Fathers paved the
For government by "We the people. "
Today we celebrate the signing
Of the document combining
Self-government and government by principle.
To Franklin, to Hamilton and to Washington,
To the Pinckneys, to Morris
and to Madison
we owe a debt of gratitude--
Yes, and to those who
pledged their lives,
their fortunes, and their sacred honor--
Rodney, Sherman, Witherspoon and more,
who paid those vows with faith and
Hail to the Constitution of the U.S.A.
And to the God whose
law we must obey
And thus ensure our union's preservation;
Hail to the
men of sterling character
Past, present, future--you who are standing
Pledged to Liberty's perpetuation.
Let us pray :
To God who
brought us safe thus far:
Keep safe the red, blue, white, the stripe, the
Keep safe our Constitution--word and phrase;
Keep safe our liberty,
our conscience, right to praise;
Keep true good men whose labors shall not
To keep intact our Constitution--and prevail!
To thee, our
Constitution Maker, Keeper, praise!
To thee, our Guardian God, our thanks we
PLEDGE TO THE CONSTITUTION
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE
TO THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
WHOSE form and
spirit are derived from the Holy Scriptures
in order to guarantee those
God-given rights enumerated in
the Bill of Rights, and thereby to secure to
me and to my posterity
LIFE, LIBERTY, and PROPERTY
AND, in the pursuit
of these ends so limits the
functions of civil government as that
cannot be abrogated by unprincipled men.
I WILL EVER UPHOLD
AND DEFEND it
against all who would seek to undermine, subvert, or destroy
AND, to this end, as a sacred trust from those
who first uttered
I PLEDGE MY LIFE, MY FORTUNE AND MY SACRED HONOR,
in that same Divine Providence
in whom our fore-fathers put their reliance.
by Dorothy Robbins©'93