Thursday, September 17, 2009
Today is Constitution Day
September 17 is recognized as Constitution Day in the United States, in commemoration of the day in 1789 when the framers of the Constitution signed the document and sent it off to be ratified by the States. A fairly recent commemoration, the law recognizing Constitution Day was enacted in 2004, supplementing an earlier holiday known as "Citizenship Day." A great way to commemorate today's holiday would be to sit down and read a copy of the United States Constitution. And a copy of your applicable state constitution. A copy of the Washington State constitution is available here, and for my Idaho readers, a copy of the Idaho constitution is available here. Note the preambles to each state constitution. On what does our liberty rely? We live in a country, which for all its faults, is blessed with a magnificent constitutional order. The endurence of the principle of the rule of law -- one of the signal acheivements of western civilization -- in our nation is due in large part to our federal Constitution and attached Bill of Rights. The Constitution is something to be celebrated. And there is no better way for our people to celebrate it than to read it and understand its principles.