On this day in 1788, Georgia ratifies the U.S. Constitution to become the fourth state in the Union.
First, here is the Preamble of the Constitution of the State of Georgia:
“To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”
Second, this is the Georgia Law description of the State Seal, featured on the State Flag, pictured below:
“[T]hree pillars supporting an arch, with the word ‘Constitution’ engraved within the same, emblematic of the Constitution, supported by the three departments of government, namely the legislative, judicial, and executive. The first pillar has engraved upon a scroll ‘Wisdom,’ the second, ‘Justice,’ the third, ‘Moderation’; between the second and third pillars a man stands with a drawn sword, representing the aid of the military in the defense of the Constitution…”
The Georgia State Mott is, appropriately, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.”
Finally, all of this is supported by the firmest of foundations, and Our National Motto: “In God We Trust.”
Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation — In God We Trust; these make a great basis for resolutions heading in to a new year.