The United States Constitution is more than an aged piece of parchment signed by many historic figures.Sept. 17 , 1787, there were 39 brave men who signed their support onto the document in hopes that it would provide a more efficiently governed and fair nation. The 223rd anniversary of this historic date will be remembered all over the nation in a variety of ways. Penn State will hold a day of festivities to remember what the ratification meant to the nation and how one of its founding fathers also created their university.
Young students will reiterate the history of the event and create patriotic decorations to display around their cities. Adults can light small fireworks similar to Independence Day celebrations. College university political groups will set aside their party affiliations to remember the day that they were granted the right to assemble, petition, and speak freely. The Constitution is a document that has shaped the lives of current United States citizens, although many are unaware of its importance.
There have been many cases since the origin of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution that have questioned the application of some of the historic amendments. One of the most popular amendments in the news is the freedom of speech, which is covered in the First Amendment. The controversy surrounding prayer in public school systems has resulted in a question on freedom of expression. Likewise, it has been linked to the historical separation between church and state.
A very recent question of the First Amendment has been the controversy over a mosque being constructed 300 yards from ground zero in New York City. It was Islamic extremists who were responsible for the terrorist activities that led to the tragic fall of the twin towers, but that in no way implicates the Islamic culture as a whole.
Around the nation, there have been demonstrations both in favor and against this structural change to New York. As long as the rallies remain peaceful, everyone is allowed to express their opinion freely under the Constitution. Recently in Tennessee, however, there was a mosque set on fire in response to the news. The Constitution does not protect those type of expressions. An investigation is being conducted to bring the arsonist to the judicial system, where they will be granted their due process rights, which are also afforded to them by the Constitution.
The right to feel safe and secure, the right to bare arms, the right to religion, civil suits, and so much more are covered within the Constitution. There is no one person that the ratification of the Constitution did not grant rights to in the United States. The document is still actively enforced today and has the endless possibility of amendment as times change. There have been numerous additions to the Constitution to expand the rights of the document to all U.S. citizens regardless of race or gender.
In school, we are taught the importance of each amendment and how it has helped grant rights to citizens. It helps protect us and provides us necessary freedoms. From the standpoint of a 21-year-old female United States citizen, I am thankful for my right to vote especially. I am appreciative of the due process rights that have been put in place to protect me in the judicial system. It is a relief to know that I can express myself freely, participate in any religion, have a say in electing government officials, and so much more. To celebrate this historic day I will use the freedoms granted to me by the Constitution to participate in a political rally that intends to inspire patriotism.
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