Constitution Day 2010 is the 223’rd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution Day 2010 celebration comes at an awkward time, as Constitution Day may be the latest excuse to argue over the document. These days, there is a lot of disagreement over how the famed scripture is being honored, by all sides. Some claim that it has already been torn apart – though they might disagree on when it happened – and others may say that their political opponents want to shred it themselves. Yet Constitution Day 2010 is still set to honor when the U.S. Constitution was created, and when it sealed America’s birth.
Although the Declaration of Independence was signed 11 years earlier, it took until 1787 for the Founding Fathers to get a Constitution settled. On September 17, 223 years ago, the Fathers finally signed the document, which solidified America as an independent nation.
For Constitution Day 2010, “We The People” are honoring the sacred document. It has undergone a lot of wear and tear, and more than a few alterations, over the last 200+ years. But the importance of this piece of paper has not lessened – nor has the debate over it.
Even the U.S. Constitution is a subject of debate in our partisan times, as foes argue whether or not it is a “living document” Although there have been no new amendments in many years, there was an effort to make it ban gay marriage years back. Constitution Day 2010 progresses at a time when the Tea Party claims to be the document’s only defense from tyranny.
As the Tea Party moves towards the November midterms – amidst new concern that they could hurt the GOP – they are using Constitution Day 2010 as another chance to warn people about President Obama. In Andover Township, Ohio, a Tea Party rally for the day will go on, after the local government initially blocked them from holding it.
In the past, the meaning of the U.S. Constitution was simple, to uphold America and its ideals. But since few can agree on what American ideals should be right now, both the left and the right have tried to take sole custody of it – with the right being more vocal about it.
Constitution Day 2010 is primarily a day to honor the document’s foundation, and birthday. It has survived 223 years of debate, war, subversion and the occasional violation. In spite of the most hysterical accusations that it won’t survive the future, it has a long enough track record to stand a chance.
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