A simple document in seven parts
An easy read, including the amendments
Compelling words that stir up young men’s hearts
To sacrifice their lives for independence
And sacrifice they did, that holy number
Was yearly multiplied in foreign fields
In hopes the world would learn and long remember
What freedom meant and what its harvest yields
Tell me, what kind of harvest has she gleaned?
Her clauses made to be of no effect
Her ten enumerated rights demeaned
Her great republic weakened by neglect
Cry out across our country’s length and breadth
The Constitution! Liberty or death!
Not long after the battle of Yorktown, in 1781, the revolutionary war hero Marquis de Lafayette wrote home to France. ‘Here,” he said, “humanity has won its battle, liberty now has a country.” Shall we not be willing to fight that battle once again?