The thirty-nine delegates of the Constitutional Convention met 232 years ago today to sign the document that begins with: “We, the People.”
Sept. 17 adhered to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. constitution. The document recognizes “all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.” It, also, reflects one of the most important political document since it is signed in 1787 when the world was experiencing a revolutionary atmosphere.
However, the celebrations are not going a long way back. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd from West Virginia “included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and government offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.”
Robert C. Byrd, who was born in 1917, passed away in 2010. He was a long-time Democrat with a controversial political history. In 1946, Byrd sent a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.” However, then, he called it joining the KKK “the greatest mistake I ever made.” Byrd also filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported the Vietnam War, but later renounced racism and segregation, and spoke in opposition to the Iraq War.
John Fugelsang, Comedian.
“I’m going to celebrate #ConstitutionDay like a real American and only pay attention to the parts of it I like.”
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING:
Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey, Democrat.
“It’s #ConstitutionDay! Here are a few clauses that come to mind for no particular reason:
“The House of Representatives… shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.””
John Pavlovitz, Christian Parlor.
“#ConstitutionDay—or as Trump supporters call it, “That Thing I Claim to Love But Haven’t Read Nor Care To Follow, Day.” ”
Hansi Lo Wang, NPR National Correspondent.
“232 years ago today, the framers of the US Constitution met here in Philadelphia to sign a founding document that — before making any mention of voting or a president — says an “actual enumeration shall be made” every 10 years. They were referring to the census #ConstitutionDay”
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING:
Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky, Republican.
“Happy #ConstitutionDay. We should never forget the Constitution wasn’t written to restrain citizen’s behavior it was written to restrain the government’s behavior. Protecting the Constitution protects our liberties.”
Kris W. Kobach, 31st Secretary of State of Kansas, Republican.
“Today we celebrate the Constitution. It was the first written, enforceable constitution for a national government the world had ever seen. It has kept our liberties intact for more than 230 years. I hope the Dems running for President take a look at it someday. #ConstitutionDay”
Senator Rick Scott, Florida, Republican.
“Today we celebrate the 232nd anniversary of the US Constitution.
I believe our Founding Fathers would look at America today & be proud. America has the best economy, the strongest military & a system of government that stands the test of time. God Bless the USA. #ConstitutionDay”