In the summer of 1787, the nation’s most influential lawyers, generals and politicians gathered in Philadelphia with a single purpose: To create a government that was ruled by the people instead of ruling them.
The first words of the Constitution underscored this principal: “We, the people, of the United States of America…”
To protect the people’s power, our founding fathers carefully divided the government into three branches. With this system, no one person or governmental branch could ever rule with absolute authority.
The checks and balances provide a framework for the government. However, the cornerstone of our democracy is the unique privilege and responsibility of every citizen to be engaged through voting, public offices, representation in Congress and myriad other ways.
For a society to be responsible and powerful, it must be informed. Our free press, protected by the first Constitutional amendment, plays a critical role in ensuring that every American has constant access to important and trustworthy news.