Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Constitution Day!


On this date, in 1787, the members of the Constitutional Convention signed the document that would define our nation, the United States Constitution. What should I write about? There are so many things that impacted the Constitution... from the Magna Carta to Madison; Montesquieu to Mason; and even a few that didn't start with 'M'. Or, perhaps I could write about the Constitution's impact on employment law... from Lochner to Pickering.


Instead, I'm going to do something I do every year on Constitution Day: I'm not going to write about anything at all, I'm going to read the Constitution. We all know the 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."
And most people are pretty familiar with the Bill of Rights. When was the last time you read the Articles though? So, that's what I'm going to do to celebrate Constitution Day... read the Constitution.

If you're one of my email subscribers (who get the emails the morning after I write the posts) or stumbled on this post after September 17th, don't worry! It's never too late to celebrate Constitution Day and you can read the Constitution any day you want.

Image: James Madison, "Father of the Constitution" - Wikimedia Commons (reproduction of public domain image).