Skip to comments.In anticipation of Constitution Day, the public speaks out
Posted on 09/16/2005 4:13:15 PM PDT by freepatriot32
With the first-ever Constitution Day being held Saturday, students and bystanders on campus shared their opinions on - and knowledge of - the U.S. Constitution.
Constitution Day exists because of a federal statute signed into law last December by President Bush. The day is required to be celebrated by all federally funded institutions, according to www.constitutionday.com. Saturday was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
Q: What are your reactions to Iowa State celebrating Constitution Day tomorrow?
"I honestly have no idea what Constitution Day is." - Paul Armenakis, sophomore in pre-computer science
"I support the Constitution!" - Jon Shelness, Ames mayoral candidate
"I knew it was happening; it's to inform people about the Constitution." - Tamim Mahayni, senior in biology
"I heard about it in class. Public school teachers have to teach about the Constitution in their classes." - Jason Crabtree, freshman in animal science
"I haven't heard anything about it." - Andrew Spinsby, freshman in physics
Q: Can you name a constitutional amendment?
"Right to bear arms" - Armenakis
"Freedom of speech" - Audra Cowles, freshman in history
"Freedom of press" - Brittany Robe, preparation for human medicine
"The Second Amendment - the right to bear arms" - Jared Flater, sophomore in engineering
"Freedom of religion" - Mahayni
"Freedom of speech" - Crabtree
"Gun control and the right to bear weapons" - Nicole Bell, sophomore in construction engineering
"Freedom of press" - Samantha Ulrich, freshman in engineering
Q: How many amendments are there? (27)
"14" - Shelness
"23" - Spinsby
"26" - Bell
Q: Can you name one person who signed the Constitution?
"Ben Franklin" - Robe
"Thomas Jefferson" - Flater
"Everyone knows it was Herbie Hancock! The only reason I know that is from 'Tommy Boy'" - Mahayni
"Thomas Jefferson" - Crabtree
"Hancock" - Bell
Q: When was the Constitution drafted? (1787)
"July 4, 1772" - Cowles
"1787" - Shelness
"1979" - Robe
"1776" - Mahayni
"1870" - Spinsby
"1778" - Bell
Q: Who is generally known as the "Father of the Constitution"? (James Madison)
"Ben Franklin and George Washington" - Shelness
"Ben Franklin" - Robe
"Thomas Jefferson" - Flater
"Thomas Jefferson" - Mahayni
"No idea" - Spinsby
Q: Where is the U.S. Constitution located? (National Archives, Washington, D.C.)
"Washington, D.C." - Mindy Haverhals, freshman in pre-business
"D.C." - Mahayni
"Smithsonian" - Spinsby
Q: Most important amendment?
"Freedom of religion" - Ulrich
"Freedom of speech" - Bell
Constitution fast facts
- The Constitution was written in what is now called Independence Hall, the same building in Pennsylvania where the Declaration of Independence was signed and George Washington received his commission as commander of the Continental Army.
- Although written and signed Sept. 17, 1787, it was not ratified until 1788.
- The first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added after several of the original framers expressed concern over the lack of protection for individual rights.
- Only 39 of the 55 delegates at the Constitutional convention signed the document; three dissented. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were out of the country and also did not sign the document.
- Although more than 11,000 Constitutional amendments have been introduced in congress over the years, only 33 went to the states to be ratified, and only 27 were approved.
- The Constitution was written in a closed session with sentries posted at the doors of the building the convention was taking place in.
- Compiled by Eric Lund from Constitutioncenter.org
"14" - Shelness
"23" - Spinsby
"26" - Bell
We are in serious trouble in this country
Double ping. It's your own dang fault...
Let's just be glad that no one asked them if in their opinion we should even HAVE a constitution. I shudder at the thought of what the answers would have been.
I'm glad a few folks recognized the Second. Although the comment "gun control and the right to bear weapons" left me scratching my head.
If you want the real scoop on the Constitution read "Hologram of Liberty: The Constitution's Shocking Alliance With Big Government." Understand how Hamilton set us up and how they outmaneuvered Jefferson by keeping him out of the country. Wordsmithing and a judiciary with no checks and balances got us in the current fix.
It's so good to see you!
Reminds me of Leno quizzing drooling Oprah watchers about historical events.
Out of ten, I'd be surprised if even one can answer correctly.
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They're going fast!
They probably do as well as many of the officials they elect (and then proptly complain about). I'd like to see an amendment that states that any bill sponsoired in Congress must state what part of the Constitution authorizes them to take that action (and no fair using the wild-card commerce-clause for things other than commerce).
We're not Free to Ignore the Constitution (Posted 5/25/05)
5/25/05 Associated Press Added to the article collection in 'A Charter School Tale': The Constitution long has ensured that Congress can't tell schools what to teach. But that's no longer the case for at least one topic -- the Constitution itself. The Education Department outlined yesterday how it plans to enforce a little-known provision that Congress passed in 2004: Every school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17, the day the document was adopted in 1787.
Now, given all of my lamentations about how little people understand the Constitution, my belief that many of our public schools propogandize liberalism (the Constitution is a very conservative document), and my deep respect for the Constitution, some of you might suspect I would have a very positive reaction to this story. Wrong. I have a very, very negative reaction.
[Democratic Senator] Byrd inserted the Constitution lesson mandate into a massive spending bill in 2004, frustrated by what he called a huge ignorance on the part of many Americans about history.
First, it is humorous to see Sen Byrd talk about ignorance of history and respect for the Constitution. Second, if Byrd can insert this sort of thing into a spending bill, then what's to stop someone else from sticking in something delegating, say, April 22nd, to lament about global warming and how greedy and reckless America is causing it and insinuating that more environmental regulations are needed and.... Oh, whoops! We already do that (Earth Day)? Well, you get my point... In 10 years how many school days will be totally controlled by the Federal Government? 5, 10, 30, 50? Third, notice how a faceless and un-elected government agency, which is unconstitutional in its existence, is charged with enforcing, according to their whims, an unconstitutional law! Our founding fathers must be rolling in their graves. Fourth, notice how this must have passed the 'Republican' house and senate and escaped veto by the Big Government Education 'Republican' President. Another pattern, these 'Republicans' always try and 'tweak' and 'adjust' and 'reform' government and often support expanding its powers when Big Government works to further their own agenda.
The Federal department of Education should be abolished, the Unions which stagnate our public school system should be stripped of their power, Sen Robert Byrd should be educated, and true Conservatives should run against the Republicans that acquiesced to the passage of this act. In a perfect world...
At every hour of every day, I can tell you on which page of which book each school child in Italy is studying.
- Benito Mussolini
Cool! On Sept. 17th, so can the Federal Department of Education!
We're not Free to Ignore the Constitution.
US citizens have never been free to ignore our Constitution. We all have, in effect, sworn this oath:
Oath of Allegiance
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;
that I will support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law;
that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law;
that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law;
and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God
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