Daily Archives: September 17, 2009

The U.S. Constitution Was Signed 222 Years Ago Today by Gregory Hilton

It was 222 years ago today in Philadelphia that the U.S. Constitution was signed. The Constitution is our supreme law and it provides the blueprint for the greatest form of government the world has ever known, and guarantees the freedoms we enjoy today. The idea of self-government is in the first three words: “We the people.”
I teach very intelligent students but I cringe to think of their responses to a citizenship test. Our schools have significantly cut back courses on topics such as history, government and civics. A student who has never been introduced to these concepts would find the test difficult.
Some conservatives are also being too strict in their interpretation of the Constitution. They interpret the Constitution literally and appear to throw out all of the opinions and laws which were debated and adopted since the Constitution was ratified. They claim if something is not specifically mentioned in the he Constitution it is not allowed. The Constitution says nothing about an Air Force, unemployment, foreclosures, energy independence, terrorism, Afghanistan or nuclear weapons. There are several interpretations of the Constitution and none is definitive on several key points.