It took the American Founding Fathers 180 years (1607-1787) to arrive at writing the Constitution of the United States. During that time there were many tribulations, trials, and mistakes made. Yet, in the end these men gathered and began the process of developing practical and true principles by which the United States of America has become a great nation. The final document, our Constitution, established the principles of government and freedom that has led us to this place.
George Washington wrote,
“The United States enjoy a scene of prosperity and tranquility under the new government that could hardly have been hoped for.” (1)
“Tranquility reigns among the people with that disposition towards the general government which is likely to preserve it . . . Our public credit stands on the [high] ground which three years ago it would have been considered as a species of madness to have foretold.” (2)
(1) The Writings of George Washington, 39 volumes; Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1931-44, 31:316-17
(2) Ibid., pp. 318-19