Constitution Day: Long live the U.S. Constitution
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SAN JOSE, September 17, 2013 – Today, considering the increased age of the Constitution of the United States, many people ask whether the Constitution is still relevant. The document was written in 1787, long before the invention of the automobile, the Internet, or the Smart phone, – items which seem far more relevant to most Americans today.
The question of whether this framework of laws has that much realistic value to the general public in America is a timely question in many ways.
Unfortunately, many of those living in America today have not even taken the time to read the U.S. Constitution in its entirety, and many are often unsure of what it says or what it doesn’t say. What it is even more ironic is that many of our elected officials act as if they have not read, or do not comprehend, or possibly do not care what is contained within the nation’s bedrock law.
This is evidenced today in the Executive branch of the U.S. government, it is apparent through the actions of some in the Legislative branch, and in the decisions of some who are appointed to the Judicial branch of government. Yet, the Constitution endures. To many, it is hard to believe.
Good people are confused regarding the value of the Constitution as it becomes increasingly prodded and attacked from within the government for possible “weaknesses.” At this time, some Americans seem to have lost connection to the values of the nation’s founding. As clever politicians tap into the concerns and fears of the people for their personal or partisan gain, the common people can lose a sense of meaning in America’s fundamental values.
Part of that could be attributed to ignorance of what the Constitution says or what it doesn’t say. Part of such confusion could be attributed to misinterpretations or disinformation from elected officials who view the law of the land through political lenses that may diminish, distort, or actually ignore what the Constitution does say.
Despite a national history littered with serious abuses of the Constitution, attacks have come upon the Constitution from officials in all three branches of the U.S. government in a more comprehensive or coordinated manner in more recent years. In all probability, the Constitution has not been more strained and put under more internal political duress since the days preceding and following the American Civil War.
Nevertheless, the seemingly greater threat to the U.S. Constitution is not from within the hallowed halls of the American people’s government, it is from the growing threat of political discontent and disorder around the planet.
The nation just observed Patriot’s Day, a remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of others during the horrific tragedies of September 11, 2001. Since that day, observing the holiday known as Citizenship Day or Constitution Day has taken on a whole new level of meaning to Americans. In many Americans, there has grown a deep and sincere perception of how precious the Constitution is within such a turbulent world. Yet, many have difficulty making a connection to the outrageous attacks upon U.S. soil and the value of the U.S. Constitution.
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