Today we celebrate Constitution Day—the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution at the Constitutional Convention. The U.S. Constitution remains the object of reverence for nearly all Americans, and an object of admiration by people around the world. Sadly, the assault by 20th century liberal theorists and activist judges has seriously undermined respect for America’s core principles, denigrating some constitutional rights they disagree with and making up others.
Fortunately, there has been a renewed interest in the Constitution in recent years, as Americans seek to understand the founding principles and enduring truths that form the bedrock of our chosen form of self-government. Clearly, the future of liberty depends on America reclaiming its constitutional first principles.
In that spirit, The Heritage Foundation is hosting an extraordinary series of events as we do our part to “Preserve the Constitution.” Heritage’s Preserve the Constitution Series will feature the nation’s most respected judges, legal scholars, and policy analysts as they discuss how to combat these attacks on the rule of law and the Constitution.
This year, we are honored to host several outstanding speakers including Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Anthony Kennedy, former Solicitor General Paul Clement, syndicated talk show host Mark Levin, and many more. We will continue our Preserve the Constitution Series on Friday, September 21, with Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk. I will be joined by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky to discuss their new book, highlighting problems with our election system, namely voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence, and efforts to remedy these issues.
Though the Constitution has endured for over 200 years, its enduring integrity cannot be taken for granted. In order to preserve the Constitution, Americans must be aware of the role it should play in restraining our government. It is our hope with our Preserve the Constitution Series to educate the public about the Constitution and hopefully change America’s course by restoring the courts to their constitutional role: to protect individual liberty, property rights, and free enterprise—and to enforce the constitutional limits on government.
Edwin Meese, III, served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan. He is the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.