September 17 is Constitution Day. Today, we celebrate 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are holding a Constitution Week from today, September 17 through the 23. Constitution Week was actually adopted by the U.S. Congress and made Public Law 915 on August 2, 1955. President Eisenhower signed the act into law, that was advocated by the DAR. My, how times have changed.
Once a revered document of Liberty, the Constitution has been beaten up over the years. Many people, like President Obama, think of it not as means to secure freedom, but as a restriction on what government can do. Nancy Pelosi was recently asked if a piece of legislation was Constitutional and she responded by thinking the question was a joke. As if the Constitution had no meaning or relevance anymore. She’s not alone, as other Congressmen and women have also made statements the past 2 years that Congress can do what ever it wants regardless of the Constitution.
But one group of citizens have recently begun wearing the Constitution on their sleeves. The Tea Party movement has spurred a resurgence in the study and respect for the U.S. Constitution. So much so that the Liberal Media, and even Progressives in law enforcement, consider anybody who carries or quotes from the Constitution a crazy kook or a potential terrorist.
I often think of the old, original ‘Star Trek’ episode, “The Omega Glory”, where Captain Kirk enlightens the leaders of the Yang Tribe that the Constitution was not meant solely for chieftains. “Look at these first three words, written larger than the rest. With a special pride never written before or since. Tall words, proudly saying WE THE PEOPLE…” Even Kirk knew that the Constitution was meant for every citizen to know and cherish.
The Tea Party has been lighting a fire under the feet of our political class, reminding them how the Constitution is supposed to limit the power and authority of our government. It is not a floor mat nor an ink blob. The Constitution is the Law of the Land, and must be respected by everyone, especially by members of our government.
So hats off to the Tea Party and the Daughters of the American Revolution for celebrating Constitution Day and Constitution Week. Shame on those who think it’s a ‘negative rights’ document or even totally irrelevant this day and age. The Constitution is immortal, because We The People are also immortal. We’re not going anywhere and we’re not going to allow the Constitution to be trampled upon.