On September 17, 1787, the U. S. Constitution was signed into law by our Founding Fathers. Although Constitution Day falls on a Saturday this year, today–Friday, September 16th– is the perfect day to commemorate this historic event.
Why celebrate Constitution Day? Here’s context behind Constitution Day, which has also been referred to as Citizenship Day:
Citizenship Day is a day for many to honor both native-born and naturalized foreign-born citizens. Research shows the history of this day goes back to 1939, after a number of citizens began asking of a means of giving special recognition to new naturalized American citizens. William Randolph Hearst assisted these citizens by using his nationwide chain of newspapers to express their ideas. In 1940, Congress designed the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.”
However, it was President Harry. S. Truman who signed a bill on Feb. 29, 2952, establishing Sept. 17 as Citizenship Day, replacing the May observance date. Truman moved the date to the day on which the U.S. Constitution was signed to recognize people who had become American citizens during the preceding year. …
The Constitution comprises the “holy trinity” of founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Schools receiving public funding must acknowledge the holiday each calendar year.
Not surprisingly, the Constitution has been disparaged as “your little book” or “a charter of negative liberties.” Why? Grievance mongers far removed from hardship see dollar signs and media buzz if they question this document. It’s quite shameful.
Is the Constitution perfect? No–nothing is perfect. But compared to the rest of the world, no other document is sacred nor representative of freedom than this founding document is.
However imperfect the Constitution may be, it guarantees Americans innumerable rights unseen throughout the world. What other countries prize and tout free speech as much as the U.S. does? How about gun rights? No other country out there boasts a document ensuring the right to keep and bear arms. And so on. The ratification of various amendments to the U.S. Constitution has corrected many ills — further challenging us to aspire for more freedom.
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution reads, “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.”
I’ll take an imperfect freedom-oriented U.S. Constitution over a tyrannical Soviet Constitution, any day.
Happy Constitution Day, everyone!