How will you celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th? If you are in Washington, DC you can sign the Constitution at the National Archives and then eat cake with President Madison. Presumably they will have cleaned the moss and grubs off of his corpse for the experience.
All right: Blackwater and other contractors have four BILLION dollars
in US funds and, the New York Times reports today, almost no oversight
in Iraq; wildfires are consuming acres of
Southern California and many
counties have been declared to be in a state of emergency and
nothing at all but a whisper of popular opposition and a prayer
nothing legal would prevent Bush today from declaring that the
National Guard is overstretched and that it is Blackwater's torturers
and murderers, recruited from Salvadoran, Ecuadoran and Nigerian
paramilitaries, who will be `maintaining order' in the `public
emergency' that is Southern California; and Mukasey has informed
Congress that he has no idea what waterboarding is which professed
cluelessness alone should disqualify him from service and that
President does not actually need to obey the law of the United States
of America which alone should alert us that if he is confirmed the
ga me is over. Once Congress confirms someone to decide the law of the
land who holds that the President is exempt from the law of the land
(which assertion was, notably, an historic tipping point when Hitler
asked his Reichstag to confirm a similar position about his powers in
regard to the law and the
constitution) it is open season on all of
It is time to take to the streets.
Many of you have asked about a national strike. This is the next step
in a democracy movement. We need to hold monthly strikes a word
is too scary for some, and we want to be inclusive, so rather we will
urge people of all walks of life to participate in mass-action
I'm picturing Yanik and Dan with competing pneumatic lifts raising and lowering each other in front of a giant projector screen. An educational breakthrough and box office gold all wrapped up in one package!
I think an awareness tour is much more effective than a law stating that all schools must teach about the Constitution on one day out of the school year, and it would be particularly effective if Yanik and Dan L. were the keynotes.
I propose a nationwide Dan/Yanik Constitution Awareness tour to our nation's high schools. Al could help them tighten up the Powerpoint presentation. Current could film it as a film-length 'cinematic megapod' for theater release, just in time for the 2009 Oscars.
As Quebeker (aka an Alien according US immigration officials) I have a different look on the US Constitution.
The first three words, We the people, are a historical milestone in the human history. Kings, princes and emperors got their legitimacy from the will of God (or Gods and other deities). The legitimacy of the future US governement will be based on the whishes of the people.
Even if I am usually very critic about the move of the US administration, I can say that the Constitution of this land, the way it is born and the dream behind its wording are a beacon for all humankind. After 220 years, its message and its dreams are still vivid for the whole word.
A document like the Constitution is not a static monument. It is still a work on progress. Forming 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 is a work, a duty, that is far from an accomplishment.
Each generation has to face crucial debates about the way the tomorrow society will be. 220 years ago, it was the drafting of the Constitution. 150 years ago, the question of slavery was on sake. 45 years ago, Martin Luther King talked about his dream.
Today, the society has debate about war and peace, terrorism threat and security, due process and habeas corpus for Guatanamo Bay prisonners, gay rights and freedom of speach and religion in public places. All these issues have their roots in the words of the Constitution. All these debates will find their solutions using the paths the Constition has traced.
No, I don't take the Constitution ligthly. I agree with Dan, maybe the word "Celebration" is not appropriate. No, you won't see me in the streets singing along with Schooohose Rock but I think the work in progress deserves more consideration.
By the way, one way to uphold, protect and support the Constitution and its dreams is to support an organisation that do just that. I am a carrying card member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). One way to celebrate the constitutioni is to celebrate the battle for the Constitution. Becoming member of the ACLU is easy and worths the price.
When I first glanced at this post (3AM), I swore it read, Sep 17th CONSTRUCTION DAY! Wow, I must have been up all night again. I kept trying to think of some great way to celebrate it too, like wear my tool belt to work or something, but constitution day...Humm, its back to the drawing board for that one.
I'd love to participate in a large-scale sit-in, or walk-out, or something like that. "Celebrating" the constitution, considering the state of our constitutional rights these days, just seems absurd. Or we could just sing along with Schoolhouse Rock ;)