Don’tcha hate it when something important is coming up and you don’t realize it until it’s firmly ensconced in your rear view mirror?
Was your birthday yesterday? That appointment was when? What anniversary? (Dudes, good luck with the testosterone defense on that last one.)
So I’m giving you a heads up on tomorrow now. Cuz it’s important. Ready? Good. Here it is: Thursday, September 17, is Constitution Day.
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. On September 17, 1787, convention delegates met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall, waiting to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin:
“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
You know the answer.
Quick refresher for DemoLibs: In plain English, “what was produced” means Americans are not governed by a monarch or a ruling class, some two-bit tin horn dictator or a foreign potentate. Quicker, quick refresher: King George III doesn’t live here (or at least he didn’t used to).
Lest we forget, the first three words of this majestic document are: We The People. Not They, the rulers. Them, the elite. They, the Beltway Bandits. But We The People.
So if you’re looking for something to crow about tomorrow, how ’bout Constitution Day? You don’t even need to dig up your own copy. I made it easy. You can read the entire text of the Constitution on-line here.
So no excuses. Especially if it’s been awhile. Even though The Man Who Would Be King thinks he’s um… a royal monarch, you oughtta know better. It’s all in black and white.
One other thing. Do you remember Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powel? He said:
“A republic, if you can keep it.”
And there’s the rub.
If you aren’t registered to vote, NOW would be good. “People” means you.