Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Constitution Day!



Today, September 17, 2012 is Constitution Day! What does that mean?

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S.
or by naturalization, have become citizens.” http://www.constitutionday.com/. After much debate, the Constitutional Convention signed the actual document on this day in 1787. “Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators.” http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html.

The framers of The Constitution drafted the document to allow for its amendment. U. S Constitution, Article V, Section 1. Many are familiar with the first ten Amendments, which are commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, but now there are twenty seven Amendments to the Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html.

Also, the Constitution does not give citizens rights and liberties, but rather guarantees them. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_q_and_a.html.

The Constitution of the United States is imperative to all citizens because it is the supreme law of the land.  U. S Constitution, Article VI, cl. 2. The full transcript of The Constitution of the United States can be found here: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html.

Happy Constitution Day.

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