Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Debate Over Issues is as American as Apple Pie

"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson

Soon, Americans will celebrate the 222nd anniversary of the framing of the United States Constitution. Not only is this Constitution the oldest surviving one, it is also the shortest and was written in less than 100 days.

The framers of the Constitution spent many long hours debating and disagreeing with one another as they worked together for the good of the people. They listened and spoke their opinions without fear of reprisal from the government.

Freedom of speech was so important to the framers that they only agreed to sign the Constitution if a bill of basic rights was attached. On September 25, 1789, the Bill of Rights which includes the First Amendment was submitted to the states for ratification.

The First Amendment reads

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Do you know the Constitution? Have you read it lately? Why not take time to study the Constitution as America gears up for its 222nd birthday?

This Constitution Moment was brought to you by the James Waldrop Chapter DAR chartered in Fayetteville, GA.

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