The American Constitution has been called "the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man." It was authored by men who had surpassing confidence in the human mind--men who were convinced that people were capable of "establishing good government from reflection and choice," to the end that self-evident truths about human nature, discernible through reason, would be honored in social life.
As we celebrate America's independence, we can best express our patriotism by uniting together in steadfast solidarity against bigotry and xenophobia. That is the first step to fulfilling the promises of the Declaration of Independence, safeguarding our Constitution, and preserving the founding ideals of our nation.
There was a time when Philadelphians and the local media were writing the obituary for the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia. The nadir might have been when the center, which is the only institution chartered by Congress to celebrate democracy's most important document, hosted a Princess Diana exhibit. With the hiring of George Washington University Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen as President and CEO, the once flagging institution has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.