American Elephants


Andrew Klavan Explains the Constitution. by The Elephant's Child

People are noticing the extent to which the political class feels constrained and  — annoyed — by the Constitution.  And of course, there are those who have never bothered to read the Constitution, and have little idea what all the fuss is about.

In 2004, an amendment sponsored by Senator Robert Byrd attached to the Omnibus Spending Bill changed the name of a holiday known as “Citizenship Day” to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” The act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American constitution on that day.  In May of 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.  (Federal employees don’t get any time off).  Universities and Colleges nationwide have created “U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks” in order to meet the requirements of the law.

For all those who have never heard of it, the holiday falls on September 17, or on the nearest weekday if it falls on a weekend.

For those who doubt that Constitution Day or Constitution Week has had much influence on their children or the young people they know, Andrew Klavan explains just what the Constitution is all about.


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