WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a current member and former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Wednesday issued the following statement commemorating Constitution Day, which is celebrated every Sept. 17 in recognition of the signing of the United States Constitution:
Our Constitution limits government in order to preserve freedom. It makes each branch the equal of the others and the states the equals of Washington, D.C. It provides a check on all government action. It divides power among multiple sources because no one individual or office can be trusted with all authority. And it requires cooperation at all levels and all stages to ensure that changes in law are thoroughly vetted rather than rammed through by temporary majorities. These are the principles that should guide us as we seek solutions to our Nation’s challenges.
On this Constitution Day, I call on all branches of government to pay greater heed to the Constitution’s lessons. Fidelity to the Constitution is about much more than narrow legal doctrines; it involves looking to the principles that undergird the Constitution — values like individual liberty, separation of powers, federalism, respect for civil society, and democratic accountability — in determining whether a given course of action is wise.
James Madison called the Constitution a miracle. He was absolutely right. The Constitution is a miracle because it has endured for over two hundred years. It is a miracle because of what it teaches about prudent government and the need to guard against human failings. It is a miracle because the lessons it provides are just as relevant today as they were 227 years ago. May we ever look to the Constitution for guidance and pay it increased fidelity as we discharge our duties here in Washington and across this great land.