Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Colleague on Constitution Day

September 17, 2019
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Today our nation observes Constitution Day, recognizing the adoption of the U.S Constitution on Sept 17, 1787.  

On that final day of the Constitutional Convention, Americans gathered at the steps of Independence Hall to await the news of the government our Founders had crafted, asking Benjamin Franklin, “What have we got: a republic or a monarchy?”  Franklin replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Two hundred and thirty years later, the brilliance of our Founders shines brightly in the principles that they penned, which are the pillars of our republic today, ensuring we do not have a monarchy: our system of checks and balances, the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the blessing that our Constitution is amendable so that we could expand freedom.  Today, these values are under threat.

Today, on Constitution Day, as America reflects on the great wisdom of our Founders in writing our sacred Constitution that safeguards our republic, we reaffirm our solemn promise to protect our democracy and the principles enshrined within it. 

As Members of Congress, we must honor the oath we take to support and defend our Constitution.  Let us take our guidance from the opening words “We The People,” as we work to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

God bless America.