U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today recognizing the signing of the U.S. Constitution 227 years ago:
“All across the country today, Americans commemorate the birth of our government with the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, 1787. This remarkably durable document not only connects us with our past, it provides us with a sure blueprint for the future as we look to guard and extend to future generations the same ‘Blessings of Liberty’ that all of us enjoy today.
“James Madison once wrote that the great challenge in guiding a government ‘administered by men over men’ was that ‘you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.’ For nearly 230 years, the U.S. Constitution, along with its amendments, has shown the world again and again how masterfully the Founders resolved that challenge. By diffusing power not only among government’s three branches in Washington, but also ensuring that the states retained their own, the Founders left us with a brilliant system of ordered liberty to protect — and a model of government that remains the envy of the world to this day.
“On this Constitution Day, we are reminded of the obligation that we have to guard and uphold our nation’s Constitution, and we are grateful for the courageous work and incredible foresight that our forefathers showed in drafting and signing it on that memorable day in Philadelphia.”