Happy Constitution Day!

September 17, 2008
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Today is Constitution Day in the U.S. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that because it’s a fairly new “holiday.”

Congress passed an act in 2004 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 – that included requiring schools receiving federal funds to hold an education program about our Constitution Sept. 17 each year. Of course, the act didn’t designate any extra money to carry out this new requirement of teaching students about the U.S. Constitution, but at least it did provide some places where teachers could find information regarding the Constitution. In addition, today was also declared Citizenship Day.

Here’s what I find interesting about Constitution Day. Congress must believe schools aren’t doing enough in their U.S. history classes to teach students about our Constitution, so there must be a Constitution Day to ensure the youth of America know about their rights under the Constitution. Rights our forefathers fought for and found to be essential for those living in the United States.

Yet, following Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush and Congress have worked toward limiting and impeding on citizens’ rights under that same Constitution they are mandating students learn about.

I’m all for making sure young people learn about the history and importance of the United States Constitution because they will be able to question and challenge the government when it works to restrict or even take away their rights under the Constitution … that same Constitution they learned about Sept. 17 every year they were in school.
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  1. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

  3. I always wondered why high fence deer hunting was frowned upon? I guess you need to keep the population steady. If you don't, no one can enjoy hunting! Thanks for the post! Fence

  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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