We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
- The Constitution of the United States of America
Wednesday, September 17, was Constitution Day in America. Commemorating the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, the official Constitution Day was passed into law in 2004 following decades of celebrations which highlighted the value of order and freedom in securing a “more perfect Union.”
As is our tradition at Northwood University, faculty, staff, and students system wide observed the day in a variety of ways, including classroom lessons and discussions, course readings and assignments, and lectures like that given by Dr. Carson Holloway on the topic, “Completing the Founding or Betraying the Founding? Alexander Hamilton Versus Thomas Jefferson.”.
Like The Northwood Idea, The Constitution of the United States of America is for all the people of our country. It reinforces and establishes the need for order, most notably the rule of law and the protection of free people and private property. And it affirms and guarantees the natural rights of individuals to speak, believe, assemble, and trade freely. And it balances both order and freedom by ensuring neither is diminished by the other.
Such a view may not be popular today, but Northwood University’s mission, like The Constitution’s, has never been about achieving what is popular. We exist to preserve and teach what is right. While the “popular” may present a path to the “easy”, what is just and true ensures a path to lasting and meaningful success - the kind of success which matters most - for “We the people.”
Make it a great weekend.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203