Constitution Day

©2009 drkate

History to Celebrate

On September 17, 1787, forty-two of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day, to sign the Constitution of the United States of America.  The delegates had gathered daily to work on this document since May 25, 1787.

It had not all been smooth sailing.  According to James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention, on June 28, 1787, the delegates had reached an impasse in the development of the Constitution.  Small states wanted one-man, one-vote, while the larger states wanted representation apportioned by population.  At this point, the 82-year old Benjamin Franklin stood to plea for compromise, making a motion

… that the assembly institute “prayers imploring for the assistance of heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, (to) be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.” Roger Sherman seconded the motion.

Madison notes that the motion did not pass, notwithstanding the ‘mythology ‘ (?) that exists today regarding the role of prayer and fasting in seeking guidance for the drafting of the Constitution.

After the Constitution was signed in September,

Congress sent printed copies of the Constitution to the state legislatures for ratification. In the months that followed, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay would write the Federalist Papers in support, while  Patrick Henry, Elbridge Gerry, and George Mason would organize the opposition to the new Constitution. By June 21, 1788, nine states had approved the Constitution, finally forming “a more perfect Union.”

Foundings to Remember and Protect

In a brilliant analysis by this author, the Constitution is an ‘expression of the American mind’.  In its drafting, there wereethical disruptions‘ of this American mind, by its failure to address both slavery and Native Americans.  But the failings do not justify abandoning it.  Instead, our Constitution-in part because of its flaws–commits America to justice.

The Constitution is not a ‘doctrine of negative liberties’, as Obama claimed in a 2001 Chicago Public Radio interview that has now been scrubbed from youtube.  From memory, his statement, ‘the Constitution describes what the government can’t do, but doesn’t describe what government should dois chillingly telling.  It is the worst kind of tyranny, done ‘for your own good’…who decides that?

With this in mind, notice in the video below  Obama’s immature understanding of and rhetoric about the flaws in the Constitution, and what to do about them.  There is no mention of  how America has grown to amend its constitution to address those gaps and move the country forward:

The Constitution Center

On the blogroll is the link to the Constitution Center, which is in Philadelphia and contains a nice meeting and outdoor space, exhibits, and educational materials for school-children.

It is also largely funded  by the Chicago Annenberg Foundation, which has an interesting educational curriculum for children.  Take a look, I am not sure you will like what you see.  I am struck by the initial page of this link, which goes to ‘case law’, and not the Constitution, as a base for understanding America.  It seems deceptive to me.

There have been many discussions on this blog and others about what our children are learning in school, and where the disrespect for and lack of thought/knowledge about the Constitution and our Country are coming from.  I think the Annenberg influence at the Constitution Center and its curriculum  just confirms the deep connection of essentially-anti-American sentiment that has seeped into philanthropy, education, media, the arts, and control of government institutions.

Take a Stand, Patriots!

Stand by celebrating this day, reminding others, talking with your children and neighbors.  As one sign at the D.C. Rally said:

Party like its 1776!

Signing the Constitution

Signing the Constitution

As a wonderful gift, try picking up a copy of  Rise to Rebellion, a novel of the American revolution.  It will inspire those who read it!  (h/t dissent)

32 Responses to “Constitution Day”


  1. 1 Delle September 17, 2009 at 4:31 am

    On Constitution Day I have to wake up and read about this:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14769

    Can you even imagine what the Founders would think?

    • 2 drkate September 17, 2009 at 10:25 am

      Interesting, and intentionally provocative. The smart thing for Patriots is to not protest at that event, let them be all by themselves and see how alone they are in this country. No picketing, no yelling—in America freedom of religion is the rule.

      If the Muslims want to pray for America, go ahead. The quality and the content of their prayers will either bring them misery or joy. That is, if they pray for our destruction, and for religious intolerance, the Creator will know and they will suffer the humiliation of no one hearing or caring about their prayers..and the inevitable backlash.

      • 3 Delle September 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

        drkate,

        I have no intention of protesting the event. I don’t really want to be anywhere near Washington that day.

        It sounds tolerant, I suppose, to say that they have a right to pray if they want. What bothers me is the fact that – through audio speakers – their chants are going to be heard from one end of the mall to the other and even to the halls of congress.

        I am afraid that the Capitol of the USA is going to seem more like Saudia Arabia that day.

        I think I will cry when I see it on TV. I really do.

    • 5 thedametruth September 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm

      Dell, yes I can. That is why we are all here, working to restore our Republic and protect our Constitution.

  2. 6 susan h September 17, 2009 at 9:08 am

    You can thank Obama for this!

  3. 7 No-nonsense-nancy September 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I saw that on CFP yesturday. To say I am shocked is stupid. I am not shocked at anything that these thugs do anymore. I am deeply disturbed about it , though. This just proves even more that he is a muslim, which I wouldn’t even mind, but the people leading this march have nothing good in mind for any of us. I truly beleive BO is a jihadist.

    I am very concerned about the indocrination of the youth that I feel is planned or happening. I have been buying my grandchildren books about the American Revolution and the founding of the country so that they can know what it took for them to have the freedom that they enjoy now. They need to know what our country stands for in case someday they are fighting to get it back. There are wonderful books at all reading levels and for the ones who still have to be read to. This is one of my new passions.

    • 8 thedametruth September 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm

      Nancy, wise words from a true Patriot! I will never forget our Philadelphia pilgrimmage on July 4th of this year, and the fun we had buying those wonderful books for your grandchildren! With people like you, the truth will survive and our Constitutition will never die!

  4. 9 Katie September 17, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Time to let the media hear from us now.

    Mark your calendars – October 17th!!

    http://www.operationcanyouhearusnow.com/

  5. 10 Katie September 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    No-nonsense-nancy @ September 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I just heard Glenn Beck say they’re putting together a television show specifically to talk to parents and children about the Constitution, including understanding communism.

    No word yet on when but you might want to keep your eyes and ears tuned to Beck.

  6. 12 Rosemary Woodhouse September 17, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Happy Constitution Day to my fellow patriots!

  7. 13 Fernley Girl September 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Does anyone have contact with someone in D.C. that can record and translate the gathering on the 25th? It may be valuable to know what is said.

  8. 14 susan h September 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Please read a beautiful article written about the Chicago Tribune (and the beautiful Chicago Tribune building) which should be investigating the ACORN-Obama connection even as we speak, but sadly like other newspapers around the country, have failed us miserably.

    http://mostly4us.com/

  9. 15 No-nonsense-nancy September 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Katie–thanks for the heads up on the Glenn Beck show. That is a great idea. Maybe I can get my obot daughter to watch it with my granddaughters. My family are such idiots. Last evening my brother told me I am paranoid when I was telling him about all the things this administration is doing and what has been done over the last century. I told him I’m not paranoid, his head is in the sand. He just lost his job so I told him he has plenty of time to get on his computer and do research.

    I’ll be out there on Oct. 17th. I’m sure my meetup group will have something organized. We had a protest in Philly on Tue. because Obama was there doing a fund raiser for Arlin Spector. Uggg!

  10. 16 newssleuth September 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Last Saturday my son got married. Looking at the young couple gave me hope for our country’s future. They said their marriage vows emotionally, while holding back tears, speaking in clear strong voices. They take their vows seriously.

    Boy, do they ever have conservative opinions. They must have Barry Goldwater’s ghost as their mentor.

    For my part, I will teach my grandchildren,(please God, let me have grandchildren) so they won’t turn out to be socialists, pay for private school and swimming lessons. Maybe ballet and soccer too. Sailing lessons…..I am so happy!!!

  11. 22 Curi0us0nefromthe60s September 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Dr. Kate,

    Thank you for another wonderful article. The Dame Truth’s and Your Constitutional Radio program is wonderful. I very much enjoy listening to it every week. Even if our Constitution was imperfect as all documents, declarations, etc. made my men and women will always fail the perfection test, we all know the Amendment process is there to help correct any imperfections.

    I would like to point out my understanding of slavery when the Constitution was written and ratified. We have to remember that the Country was already divided by North and South and their respective economies of which the South made use of slavery and the North did not. It is my understanding that when they wrote that slaves would count as 2/3 of a person, this was not because those founders who were against slavery thought that slaves were not equal to whites. They did so to limit the number of representatives Southern States would have in the United States Congress.

    I think this is important to mention because I get sick of hearing the canard that a bunch of white guys who didn’t think slaves were equal wrote the Constitution. This is simply not true. Many of the founders abhorred slavery but also understood that in order to bring the States together as one Nation concessions had to be made. That doesn’t mean they approved of those concessions, but they took a utilitarian approach on this matter. And as we all know, less than 100 years later this assault on human freedom and contradiction to our values was rectified. And in the next 100 years it continued to be rectified through desegregation, the civil rights movement, etc.

    • 23 drkate September 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you for pointing that out. I think this is also the thrust of the book mentioned, about how our Constitution commits us to justice, and rectifying wrongs. It is up to us right now to implement those changes that so many fought and died for….

  12. 25 Quantum Leap September 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    The constitution is the contract with the Gov by the people. The Gubermint has violated this contract over and over and it’s time they all get the boot for also violating their oath to uphold the constitution.
    Now Nancy Pelosi says she is ‘worried’ that the Tea Party protestors will turn violent just like they did when Harvey Milk and got shot. Oh my God! Is that a signal to the San Fran gays to vote for her again? Does she really think people are that stupid? What does Harvey Milk, Mayor Mascone and that era have to do with the Tea Parties? Nothing! Me thinks she trying to bambozzle her electorate by even mentioning this era in time and somehow twisting it to sound like it has anything to do with the current protests.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090917/ap_on_go_co/us_pelosi_angry_rhetoric

  13. 26 Quantum Leap September 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    And for those who think Alan Keyes has something to say and is a credible patriot, grab a beverage and read his slant on what’s currently going on. This one is inspiring as well as point on.
    http://www.oilforimmigration.org/facts/?p=3409#more-3409

    • 27 susan h September 18, 2009 at 8:02 am

      Interesting theory from Alan Keyes. However, when he ran for Senator here in Illinois against Obama, all that came out of his campaign was an obsesssive anti-gay platform, where he was very vocal about the idea that ‘God’ hates that lifestyle. Republicans often get themselves in trouble for their far-right stance on “social issues”, and the meat issues of fiscal responsibilty and small government interference are lost.

  14. 28 Talk2ThePaw September 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Another wonderful article drkate, thank you. Isn’t it befitting that at a time that we are celebrating our Constitution that the Manchurian Jihadist and Hillary Clinton are treading not only on our Constitution but that of another country, Honduras.

    The current Constitution of Honduras provides that no person shall hold the office of President for more than one four year term. And futher in Article 239 it reads: Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform, as well as those that support such violation directly or indirectly, will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years.

    Honduras had become increasingly aware of the “take over” of other Latin American governments by power hungry socialist such as Chavez and wanted to avoid the same thing happening in their democratic country.

    An article that gives the timeline of the removal of Zeyala and his acts of treason: http://www.ifes.org/features.html?title=Honduras%25%20Chronology%20of%20a%20%25Coup%25

    Former President Zeyala, who was removed per the Constitution of Honduras is being backed by .. drum roll please… you guessed it …. the Manchurian Jihadist and Hillary Clinton.

    Interim President Roberto Micheletti was on Greta last night [transcript here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,551243,00.html ]

    Since Micheletti received a phone call from Hillary asking him to help restore Zeyala and he replied he would not help the United States has cut off $31 million in aid to the country. And the US no longer recognizes the government of Honduras.

    Hillary is dead to me as is Bill Clinton who is now gladly taking to the road to garner support for National Healthcare.

    • 29 drkate September 17, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks for those links and that information. The removal of the Honduran President was a lawful act…obama called it a coup when it was not.

      I am also very disappointed in HRC. She has chosen to do the one’s bidding.

  15. 30 Quantum Leap September 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Nancy is crying on video.

    First they ignore you.
    Then they laugh at you.
    Then they ridicule you.
    Then they cry.
    Then you win.

    {{{sigh}}}

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1078621564?bctid=40731295001

  16. 32 Bill Bartmann October 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!


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