“In the last quarter of the eighteenth century, there was no country in the world that governed with separated and divided powers providing checks and balances on the exercise of authority by those who governed. A first step toward such a result was taken with the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which was followed by the Constitution drafted in Philadelphia in 1787. In 1791 came the Bill of Rights. Each had antecedents back to the Magna Charta and beyond.” [Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States 1969-1986]
What happened to the promise of 1787?
“The work of 55 men at Philadelphia in 1787 marked the beginning of the end of the concept of the divine right of kings. In place of the absolutism of monarchy, the freedoms flowing from this document created a land of opportunities…
“It is important that all who love freedom have an appreciation and understanding of our national heritage—a history and civics lesson for all of us.” [Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States 1969-1986, Chairman of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution]
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