Happy Constitution Day.
Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
It's Constitution Day, and I find myself in the most amazing place in the world: The Library of Congress.
In a million years I would have never guessed that I would be at the Library of Congress writing about such a propitious day, but then again, who would have guessed that I would have gone to law school, or that I would have written a book defending that most providential of documents laid out the hands of man? Yet here I am.
Don't get me wrong. I don't find myself in Washington, D.C. merely to visit this most auspicious place with its roots to Thomas Jefferson himself, or to marvel at walls of books that envelope me, although those alone would have been sufficient reasons.
I am in Washington, D.C. on a quest to defend the Constitution and promote it, and only coincidentally does this visit happen to fall on a day that commemorates that most insightful document. For far too long, our nation has taken the immensity of our Constitution and its precepts for granted. The result has been a gradual, but relentless erosion of all the principles we hold so dear. As Mr. Dakota Wood of the Heritage Foundation told me just today, what the Framers did was essentially harness the realities of human nature and use them to form a government.
What they got was a wondrous blueprint for a government that is still functional over two centuries later, and that, in short, was the secret to pulling off the greatest miracle of self-governance in human history.
Admittedly, this post is way too short, partly because I recognize that no matter what I write, my musings would not do the topic justice, but more importantly because there is so much more work to be done. So, I will leave you for now, but with a guarantee that I will be back with more.
May God bless our great nation.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.comto arrange a lecture or book signing.