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  • Celebrating Constitution Day

    This weekend America will celebrate Constitution Day, created to honor the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention. Earlier this week, former Attorney General Ed Meese reflected on the importance ordinary citizens can play in preserving our Constitution:

    The Constitution of the United States of America has endured over two centuries. It remains the object of reverence for nearly all Americans and an object of admiration by peoples around the world. Unfortunately, the assault by 20th century liberal theorists and activist judges has seriously undermined respect for America’s core principles, denigrating some constitutional rights they disagree with and making up others. Fortunately, there has been a renewed interest in the Constitution in recent years, as Americans seek to understand the founding principles and enduring truths that form the bedrock of our chosen form of self-government. Clearly, the future of liberty depends on America reclaiming its constitutional first principles.

    As Meese explains, this was something President Ronald Reagan keenly understood. In a 1981 proclamation, Reagan explained the paramount importance of an engaged public:

    Daniel Webster once wrote, “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land — nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. The chart is the Constitution.” September 17, 1981, marks the 194th anniversary of our Constitution. Its Framers scarcely could have conceived of the timelessness of the document they so carefully drafted. They prepared a Constitution to meet the needs of a fledgling nation. Yet today, amid the complexities of the twentieth century, that same Constitution, with only several amendments, serves a nation whose territory spans a continent and whose population exceeds two hundred and twenty-five million. With the passing of each year, it becomes increasingly evident that, in the words of Chief Justice John Marshall, our Constitution will “endure for ages to come.”

    The Constitution establishes the Congress, the Executive, and the Judiciary, and through a deliberate allocation of authority, it defines the limits of each upon the others. It particularizes the liberties which, as free men and women, we insist upon, and it constrains both Federal and State powers to ensure that those precious liberties are faithfully protected. It is our blueprint for freedom, our commitment to ourselves and to each other.

    It is by choice, not by imposition, that the Constitution is the supreme law of our Land. As we approach the bicentennial of this charter, each of us has a personal obligation to acquaint ourselves with it and with its central role in guiding our Nation. While a constitution may set forth rights and liberties, only the citizens can maintain and guarantee those freedoms. Active and informed citizenship is not just a right; it is a duty.

    So this weekend, take a moment to read the Constitution, watch and share our video, take our short quiz, and reflect on the ways we can all work to promote this amazing document.

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    12 Responses to Celebrating Constitution Day

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    2. West Texan says:

      Although I correctly answered who was responsible for upholding the constitution on your short quiz, I will say that SCOTUS' primary duty is custodianship of the document's original intent. Unfortunately, generations of judicial decision making theorists have shredded any hope of this happening. They've taken a hard won practical matter called federalism and turned it into an unrecognizable social progressive mess.

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    6. Buck says:

      This great document is second only to the holy bible , and if you are not a Jew or Christian it should be second to nothing . For this document is the foundation for the greatest country in world history . The United States only serious stain is that of slavery , but had the document been respected at that time that horrible stain would not be there ,for all men were created equal , so stated in that very documen . But mens greed allowed them them to twist these words by claiming blacks weren't men at all . It is now being twisted to exclude Christianity , though both the old and new testaments were the very foundation of the constitution itself . Their motives are clear , to usurpe for themselves our god given rights . To do this ,they not only have to make the constitution irrelevant , they have to denigrate Christianity by reducing it to a fairy tale . By they I mean the secular humanist progressives that want control of every human being in the world . These people are decended from extreme wealth but are incredibly ignorant despite the highest levels of education in the world . There ONLY guides are greed and power .

    7. Dave Miller says:

      Have we heard much, or anything about this day in the news…? Probably not. Watch the video and go also to hillsdale.edu for an excellent trreatment on our law.

    8. phillyfanatic says:

      Good for Hillsdale and other sites pushing our Const. And good for Talk Radio people who broadcast this event. In fact, the entire Dem Party at the DNC should listen since they have no idea how that document works!

    9. Russ says:

      I was really disappointed that the History Channel does not consider the event worth providing any programming regarding the Constitution on this day.

    10. phillyfanatic says:

      Bless Hillsdale and the Talk Radio people who have told people about this event. Then this entire event should be sent to the entire Dem Party to make sure they rememer what liberty and America is all about.

    11. Bobbie says:

      We played trivia with the Constitution! Had lots of fun!! AMERICA STANDS for the people!!
      NOT GOVERNMENT RULERS!!!!!

    12. carol,az says:

      "The Constitution is racist " _Yes we've heard this comment numerous times based on "class warfare" and thousands of decisions pandering to, and posturing to one segment to the population. The illegal population._I 'm sick to death being told how "un-American we are" because Bo wants to spread around the wealth. _OOPS! They ate all those muffins @ $17.00 ea, no stimulus coming for those big boys, and we are trillions of dollars in debt._ My solution is very simple. If its class warfare. I say bring it on!

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