September 17th Constitution Day

Of course we all know about the Declaration of Independence and we all talk about the Constitution we kind of mush the two things together. They are not the same documents. Constitutional Congress last met on September 17th, 1787 to sign the Constitution, a work long labored over that guides and protects citizens of the United States. It is not perfect, but strives to be as comprehensive as possible, including all as best as the forefathers could imagine at the time. The document went into effect on March 4th, 1789.

How to celebrate – Read the Constitution. Appreciate the efforts of those men far beyond their time. Try to come up with a better Constitution yourself.

December 15th Bill Of Rights Day

Today, in 1789, is the day the Bill of Rights went into effect. It had been approved on March 4th by Congress. Originally there 12 amendments, the first two failed to pass the Congress on the original document, so we ended up with 10. These 10 deal with most basic rights an American can expect to receive… they are being challenged today by those who are elected to defend the Bill of Rights thinking they know better and should change the rules we live by because they think it is a good idea. These are generally the same people who feel they know better how to raise your children, spend your money and play a bad version of Robin Hood where they rob from the rich and keep for themselves. But who are we? We certainly aren’t “We the people” anymore. Maybe we are getting what we deserve.

How to celebrate – How many of the 10 amendments can you name? Can you name the two amendments that did not pass? Do you think the Federal government should be stronger than the state government?

March 20th Proposal Day

At first sight, you might think this is a day set aside to ask someone to marry you. Well, it could be, nothing wrong with that but there are many different types of proposals and the day does not spell out which it meant. Congress persons propose different laws and amendments. (Not that they ever pass any of them.) Business’ propose new ventures, sports teams propose trades, in fact any idea until it is accepted or rejected is actually a proposal. Something to think about and generally something to say “yes” or “no” to. You can even propose to forget about today altogether and go back to bed.

How to celebrate – Make a proposal. Listen to all proposals. Think of how many proposals you have made in your lifetime.

December 15th Bill of Rights Day

When the Constitution was written the founders realized that they had perhaps left out a few things. So on September 25, 1789 they began to consider some changes that might need to be added. They called them the Bill of Rights and proposed 12 changes. On December 15th, 1791 10 changes were made, 2 failed to pass. In all there have been 17 amendments to the constitution. Not bad considering the constitution is over 200 years old! Guess the Founding Fathers were pretty smart!

How to celebrate – How many of the original 10 amendments can you name without looking? Can you name the two original amendments that failed to pass? Can you name the 7 amendments that have passed since 1791?

February 17th President’s Day

Today is President’s Day. Well, not really but we will pretend it is. The first President’s Day was celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided we needed to add Abraham Lincoln to the mix, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that it didn’t matter what date it was on so long as it fell on a Monday (The third Monday in February). Later it was decided that it really should include all Presidents but the date was kept the same. So this year, it is between Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, not that anyone intended it be that way.

How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.

December 15th Bill of Rights Day

On March 9th, 1789 the Constitution of the United States was ratified by Congress. It seems like the day after, the Founding Fathers began to think about things they did not include in the Constitution that maybe they should have. So they began to make amendments to the constitution, considered the Bill of Rights, that applied to everyone in the country. The first amendments were made on September 25th, 1789. Originally there were twelve amendments proposed but only ten of the twelve were added to the constitution. There have been more and more amendments added since then, always with deep thought and consideration before being added. There will probably be more as time moves on. Today we celebrate that document, and those added later on, making us who we are.

How to celebrate – Read the Amendments to the Constitution. Read the Amendments that have been proposed but not added. Think up what Amendments you might add to the Constitution.

September 17th Constitution Day

We all know about the Declaration of Independence but one of the more important documents drawn up by the founding fathers is the Constitution, and most of us are less understanding of it. Today, in 1787 Congress began its drafting of the Constitution; finally completing it on March 4th 1789. Since then it has gone through many amendments, adjusting those original thoughts and laws as set up by the first vote. There have been 27 amendments and there will continue to be amendments as society changes. However, to think, that over 200 years only 27 original thoughts and regulations have been made is rather amazing. Guess our founding fathers really did know what they were doing!

How to celebrate – Throw a Constitution party! See how many of the amendments you can name. See how many of the founding fathers you can name.

December 15th Bill of Rights Day

Today we celebrate the Bill of Rights, an addition to the Constitution that was ratified on March 4th, 1789 with the promise that the Bill of Rights would be added at a later date. Our Founders did not want a government that had no concern for it’s citizens, as was the norm across Europe.

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James Madison proposed 19 amendments to the Constitution that gave the public rights not found in other countries at the time. 12 of those 19 were considered. the first 2 were not accepted, concerning the number or representatives and the pay for those representatives. 10, however, were voted on and accepted, making them a part of the United States government.

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The process started on September 25, 1789 and added on December 15th, 1789.  The first was the freedom of speech, the press and religion. Second came the right to bear arms. Protection of homeowners from quartering troops, unless during war and unreasonable search and seizure became the 3rd and 4th. The 5th is the promise of the process of law and protection against double jeopardy and self-incrimination.

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6th was the right to a speedy trial by peers and the rights of the accused. A trial by jury in civil cases, the protection from cruel and unusual punishment with no excessive bail. The protection of rights not specified in the Bill of Rights and that the states maintained their rights over the Central Government followed.

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We may take these rights for granted today but they were totally new and untried before the forming of the government of the United States. I sometimes wonder at the brillance of our Founding Fathers. The Bill of rights has had numerous amendments since 1789 but the fact that they provided for such changes is amazing.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your rights and protect them. Study the United States foundations. Read about the additional amendments that have been added.

September 17th Constitution Day

We celebrate our Constitution today, a document that literally took years to draft. It was finally agreed upon on September 17th, 1787. It did not go into effect until March 4th, 1789. This is the document that makes us who we are. Whether you like it or not, believe in it or not, accept it or not… it is the law and moral fiber of those that formed this Union.

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This country has been through a lot, including a Civil War that tried desperately to divide the Union. So far, it has held together. Personally I believe the founders were brilliant men, of course they had suffered through and tried to avoid all the pitfalls they had seen from other forms of government.

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There have been changes, arranged for by those founding the document, in the forms of amendments. They knew their document would need to be adjusted over the years, they even planned for it.

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Now no one knows the future and if we are smart, we will learn from our past. Is the constitution perfect? Probably not, but it is as perfect as humans can ever be. Try and find a better written document, I don’t think you will. Anything that starts out, “We he People”, cannot be all bad.

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How to celebrate – Read the constitution. Read the amendments. Study our founding fathers.

February 19th President’s Day

If you are or were, a President, this is your day. Most of us think it is a day to celebrate the Presidency of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it actually a day to celebrate all the Presidents we have ever had (In the Untied States).

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Now you may, or may not like some of the Presidents but you have to admit it’s a tough job no matter who is in office. You can’t please everybody, and sometimes you can please anybody.

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We have celebrate those who have served as President since 1968. Lyndon B. Johnson was our President in 1968 and I doubt he felt very respected. Perhaps that’s why this day got stated in the first place! I cannot actually understand why anyone would want to be President, I understand why we need one, but what a thankless job.

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But we always seem to find somebody! Or they find us? Many have been war heroes, others business men, lawyers, actors and many have been qualified, and others not so much so. But if you stop and think about it, what makes someone qualified to be President?

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Wel, honor those Presidents you choose today, disparage those you don’t like but be thankful either way that you didn’t have to face what they faced every day of their lives!

How to celebrate – Pick at least one President you like and celebrate them on this day. Try and name all the President without looking. Trump is the 45th (But how many served more than one term!) Imagine a President as King, pick the one you think would have been the best.