Learn about your Constitution Sept. 14

The participants of the Constitutional Convention adopted the U.S. Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. It was later ratified in 11 states and went into effect on March 4, 1789.

The U.S. Constitution was the greatest political experiment the human race has ever attempted with the separation of powers between a legislature, executive and the judiciary.

Truly, the most amazing thing about the sacred document of supreme law is the huge number of Americans who have never read it. Many can recite pieces of the Bill of Rights, the parts we fight over in modern day contests, but the main articles go largely unnoticed by most Americans.

Back in the days of the Framers, concepts like the consent of the governed, divided government, and civil liberties were exceptionally radical ideas. They were ideas that could land a person in prison or worse.

Today, you can rarely turn on a television news program without someone claiming they have the “right” to do something. Many times I find myself wondering where they got their information.

In the opposite fashion, the government will engage in certain suspect activities, leaving many people wondering whether their rights are being violated, or not. What we do not know can cause us great harm.

Some say the U.S. Constitution is an outmoded document and it is time for a change.

I want to challenge you to truly understand the foundation of American freedom. In addition, I want to invite you to learn more and do it in an interesting and enjoyable atmosphere.

The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club has invited the National Center for Constitutional Studies to come to Peachtree City and give one of the most interesting and memorable one-day courses available on the U.S. Constitution. My wife and I both plan on attending.

The date of the course is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course costs $30 per person if you register before Sept. 1.

Do your kids a favor and bring them along too, because in order to appreciate freedom, you have to understand what it means. Many of us have cheated our children of this valuable knowledge.

No matter your age, race, creed, color, national origin or political persuasion, you will find this course incredibly interesting. Please do not allow over 200 years of our history to go to waste.

I hope to see you there! For more information, contact Mary K. Rudd at 770-846-8236.

Steve Brown, chairman
Fayette County Board of Commissioners
Fayetteville, Ga.