“On September 17, 1787, nearly four months after fifty-five delegates gathered in Philadelphia to outline a basic plan for our government, the United States Constitution was signed. The ceremony was held in Pennsylvania’s State House, the lovely red brick building where the Declaration of Independence had also been signed. Today the building is known as Independence Hall,” Cheney said.
“George Washington, who had presided over the convention, declared it “little short of a miracle” that delegates from so many different states, who held so many different views, had agreed on the plan. The central government was given only powers that were “indispensably necessary,” in Washington’s words. All other rights remained with the people.
“Now, 229 years later, the Constitution remains our country’s fundamental document. It is the longest surviving national charter in history and one that we must preserve and protect for the future. It’s clear message about the limited powers of government cannot be emphasized too often. The inalienable rights guaranteed by the first ten amendments must be insisted upon whenever freedom comes under threat,” Cheney concluded.