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Can You Imagine Congress Working This Smoothly These Days?

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Can you imagine a group of politicians getting together in this day and age and agreeing on a new form of government? With so much back biting and bitterness can you imagine any member of Congress saying…”yeah, that sounds like a great idea, let’s go with it”? Eventually they come to some sort of agreement, but often it takes forever.

Back in 1787 the Federal Convention met in Philadelphia with the idea of revising the Articles of Confederation. The Articles provided a form of government for the brand new United States after breaking from England, but the government had a lot of flaws and needed to be tweaked.

Delegations from only two states showed up on the first day, so they adjourned until they reached a majority of at least seven to get started. It took 11 days for them to have enough representatives and when they finally looked into it they decided they needed more than a revision – they needed a whole new look at how the government was put together.

The result was the Constitution of the United States – “We the People of the United States, to form a more perfect union…” It outlines how the branches of government work, voting procedures, the duties of government officials and more than 200 years later it’s the basis for how the government still works.

Amazing how men back in the 1700’s had the vision to create a government that would work decades and centuries in the future.

It took all summer to write the Constitution and it was on this date in 1787 they signed it. That’s why today is called Constitution Day.


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