From the Wise Master (September, 2008)

posted May 5, 2015, 5:16 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:16 PM ]

The Constitution

September 17 marks the 221st anniversary of the United States Constitution. Our Constitution is truly a remarkable document. No other country has had a living document that has survived for more than two hundred years! That remarkably short document has been amended from time to time but its basic structure has remained unchanged. This stability is a tribute to our founding Fathers – the drafters of our Constitution.
The drafter of the Constitution saw fit to provide a framework that would allow no branch of Government to obtain too much power. In fact, The Fathers consciously built into our governmental structure a delicate balance of power. Over the course of the past months we have seen that balance of power in operation. The confirmation hearings of the President’s nominees to various offices constitutes a living example of the “advise and consent” of the Senate which is a vital part of the delicate balance of power.
When our founding Fathers began to draft the constitution, they did not do so in a vacuum. They looked at all of the excesses and faults of other governmental systems and sought to establish a system that would remedy those problems. Government by constitution sometimes seems to be government by trail and error. The United States Constitution, on the other hand, has truly stood the test of time. The principles embodied in the Constitution are basic ones. They are principles that ensure a vibrant and lasting democracy!
It is instructive to know a little bit about who the drafters of the Constitution were. Nine signers of the Constitution were Masons. Evidence of membership or affiliation for thirteen other signers does exist. Six additional signers later became Masons making 28 of 40 signers of the Constitution Freemasons!
Past history gives Freemasons much to be proud of because this Nation’s Government was structured by the tenets of Freemasonry!

Hal Leister, 32° Wise Master