September 17, 2010 by staff
Constitution Day, September 17 is Constitution Day. Today, we celebrate the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are holding a Constitution Week from today, September 17 through 23. Constitution Week was actually approved by the U.S. Congress and became Public Law 915 of August 2, 1955. President Eisenhower signed the act of law, which was defended by the DAR. How times have changed.
Once a revered document of Liberty, the Constitution has been beaten in recent years. Many people, like President Obama, think of it not as a means of ensuring liberty but as a restriction on what government can do. Nancy Pelosi was recently asked if a piece of constitutional law and said she thought the question was a joke. As if the Constitution had no more meaning or relevance. She is not alone, as other members of Congress and women also have made statements for the past 2 years that Congress can do whatever he wants, regardless of the Constitution.
But a group of citizens have recently begun to use the Constitution on their sleeves. The movement of the Tea Party has led a resurgence in the study and respect the U.S. Constitution. So much so that the liberal media, liberal and even in law enforcement, taking into account any person who carries or quotes from the Constitution of a crazy madman or a potential terrorist.
I often think of the old original ‘Star Trek’ episode, “The Omega Glory”, where Captain Kirk enlightens Yang tribal leaders that the Constitution was not only for the chiefs. “Look at these first three words written larger than the rest. With special pride never written before or since. Is high, proud to say that people …” Even Kirk knew that the Constitution was for all citizens to know and love.
Tea Party has been lighting a fire under the feet of our political class, recalling how the Constitution is supposed to limit the power and authority of our government. There is a carpet, not a drop of ink. The Constitution is the Law of the Land, and must be respected by all, especially by members of our government.
So congratulations to the Tea Party and the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate Constitution Day and Constitution Week. Shame on those who think it is a document of “negative rights” or even totally irrelevant this day and age. The Constitution is immortal, because we, the people also immortal. We are not going anywhere and we will not allow the Constitution to be trampled.
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