Constitution Day -- Tues, Sept 17, 2013

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    Happy Constitution Day, for those of you in the USA.




    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.


    Preamble

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


    <snip>


    And just for kicks, some Schoolhouse Rock tunes: The Constitution; Three Branches Of Government; The Shot Heard 'Round The World; and, I'm Just A Bill.

    The Federalist Papers

    The Anti-Federalist Papers



    THE FIRST TEN AMENDMENTS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

    Congress of the United States

    begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.


    THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

    RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

    ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.


    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


    Amendment II

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


    Amendment III

    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


    Amendment IV

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


    Amendment V

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


    Amendment VI

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.


    Amendment VII

    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


    Amendment VIII

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


    Amendment IX

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


    Amendment X

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
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    At my kids' school they do about and hour and a half per day on Constitutional learning for the whole week.

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    It is Great to see folks acknowledging "Constitution Day" and this year a 9/11 visit by 900,000 veterans on bikes (my American Legion was present).

    My wife was a lifelong teacher and school Principle and insisted the students start each day with the "Pledge of Allegiance" and singing "America the Beautiful".
    She took some heat from some leftist Superintendents, but she always held her ground.

    It is good to see our Nation regaining much of its Patriotism. Socialism and Tyranny are failing... there is much to be optimistic about (but prepared).
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    By my reckoning, at least half of those are violated on a fairly regular basis by federal and state government.

    Sad.
    British by birth. American by choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patri0t View Post
    It is Great to see folks acknowledging "Constitution Day" and this year a 9/11 visit by 900,000 veterans on bikes (my American Legion was present).
    I just posted it to reference the cool Schoolhouse Rock video, The Constitution (Preamble), actually.

    That video is nearly 40yrs old. Amazing little introduction to the Constitution's purpose. As is "I'm Just A Bill." Great stuff, back when. Great stuff today, too.

    </kidding>


    Remembering why we're here and what makes our system of governance great is worth doing, IMO.


    My wife was a lifelong teacher and school Principle and insisted the students start each day with the "Pledge of Allegiance" and singing "America the Beautiful". She took some heat from some leftist Superintendents, but she always held her ground.
    Good for her! I'd gladly take some "heat" as well, if making a similar choice. Those who'd sooner set fire to the Constitution know they're outed when folks call 'em on it. They just need to be called on it ... each and every time, shown for who they are and what they fail to stand for. Doing as your wife did, simply standing as an example and being a "rock" for the kids probably turned more folks into staunch patriots than most of the other so-called "lessons" on the subject they obtained the remainder of their public K-12 educations. Kudos to her.
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    My 5th Great Grandfather signed the Petition to Adopt the Constitution.

    I celebrate Constitution Day every year, sending newsletters across the country to over 50 family members as a reminder.
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