"Wake up America! There are forces at work right now, which are trying to tear down this great country. To change it into something it was never intended to be. For the sake of generations yet to come, we must fight to preserve this country as it was intended to be."
I have long been fascinated with the early days of our country. In particular, the time leading up to signing the DOI, and then the time after, until the Constitution was ratified. I think this might have been the most important period in our history as it truly was "make or break" time. If we had screwed this up, our very fragile republic might have only lasted a short time, and been replaced with who knows what.
First off, our Declaration of Independence (DOI). Even though it only took Thomas Jefferson less than three weeks to write it, when the final signatures were inked on this document is still being debated. Some historians think that signing the DOI took weeks, with the final signatures being attached on July 4, 1776. Other historians don't think it was fully signed until August 2, 1776. In any event, the country adopted July 4th as the official date.
Once it is signed, then what? We have 13 states with nothing really tying them together. Then for sixteen long months, there was zero governance which held this new republic together. A Continental Congress was formed, and met in the temporary center of this new country - Philadelphia. It was there these brave and wise men hammered out the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. In 1777, it was signed into law.
Turned out the Articles of Confederation was only a half a loaf to many. It was okay for a starter, but many did not think it would stand the test of time. It was decided to finish the job by taking the Articles of Confederation as a baseline, and coming up with even a better document - a real constitution.
Again in Philadelphia, the Constitutional Convention and Ratification was convened. It begin in May of 1787, and lasted until September of the same year. It was during that time, one of the greatest documents ever conceived by mankind was born - our beloved Constitution. It was fully ratified in 1789, and has served as the basis for our governance ever since.
Who were the true American heroes back then? The list is long and distinguished. Brave men. Wise men. Men of passion and valor. Men who truly pledged to each other "their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor." Did they always agree? Of course not. But as patriots, as brothers, it was always the union which came first. They cared what was best for this new country.
One of my pet peeves which I have had now for a long, long time, is we have quit teaching true American history and civics in high school. Or what we do teach, is how bad America has been during periods of our history. If we taught real history, the young people would love it. Why? This time of our founding, with everything which was going on, is riveting stuff. Plus, if you want to dive deeper, and read more of the story behind the story of some of these great Founders, it just gets better and better.
Wake up America! There are forces at work right now, which are trying to tear this great country down. To change it into something it was never intended to be. For the sake of generations yet to come, we must fight to preserve our country as it was intended to be. As Ben Franklin warned so many years ago - "We have a Republic - if we can keep it".