A brief history of Constitution Week and a reminder to read it and to honor those who wrote it.

 The Constitution of the United States was signed on September 17, 1787.

In 1986, President Eisenhower declared September 17-23 as Constitution week.    In 2004, a law was passed mandating that  institutions funded by taxpayer money teach about our constitution.

This is a good time for all of us to reread our Constitution and learn what it actually says.  One can find copies on line, or purchase books at very reasonable costs.  Our little paperback cost $3.95 and in addition to the constitution has copies of The Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation.  Every home in the U.S. should have a copy and reread it from time to time.  It should be a best seller.

I saw on the news last weekend a group of folks on the bridge over I-94 in Fargo, holding signs that read “Impeach Obama.”  They should read Article Two, Section 4:  “The President, Vice President, and all Civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office for, and Conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes  and Misdemeanors.”  Obama has done none of that, so holding those signs is a display of ignorance.  

The Constitution  does not even hint that a President be removed from office because a few people do not like him or her.  Nor does it suggest that disagreeing with the policies of a seated President is grounds for impeachment. 

Former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, recently expressed her concern over the “alarming degree of public ignorance.”   She is correct.

“Ignorance is a purely voluntary misfortune.”  Mike Delaney

Why is the public so ignorant?  By choice!  The Shades of Grey series is best seller!   What does TV offer to increase our knowledge or stimulate curiosity? 

Information on any topic is available with a computer.  You can take a virtual tour of the Louvre or a porn site.  Which do you think gets more hits?

            “The Age of Information has turned out to be The Age of Ignorance.”

            ---Mark Crispin Miller

During this Constitution Week, honor those who risked everything, including their lives, to create and to sign the Constitution of the United States.  Read the Constitution and the Amendments…and be grateful.