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. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

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