On Sept. 17, 1987 President Ronald Reagan made a speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
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In that speech he noted that check and balances and limited government are part of the genius of our constitutional system.
“In a very real sense, it was then -in 1787 – that the revolution truly began. For it was with the writing of our Constitution, setting down the architecture of democratic government, that the noble sentiments and brave rhetoric of 1776 took on substance, that the hopes and dreams of the revolutionists could become a living, enduring reality,” Reagan said.