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17 September 2008

On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was adopted

On Sept. 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was adopted and signed by thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

Two Georgians, Abraham Baldwin and William Few, signed the document and on Wednesday, January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution.

More than 200 years after the Constitution was first adopted, it is remains in effect; a living, breathing document that changes and evolves with the times. Still, the United States Constitution maintains its original principles; principles that hold firm even as the world changes.

"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."

We the People of the United States are still working to form a more perfect Union, and with the COnstitution as our guide, there is no stopping us from reaching that goal.

By the way, I carry a copy of the Constitution with me wherever I go.