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Weekly eLetter 9/21/2018 – Constitution and Citizenship Day

You may not have noticed but on Monday of this week it was Citizenship and Constitution Day. The reason that it is observed on September 17th is to honor that date in 1787 that the Constitution was originally signed.

The act that created the current version of the law – and designated the official day — mandates that on that day all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. In May 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. We think that is a very good idea because it seems – at least from our point of view – that, absent this mandated observance, many young Americans would go through school and not learn very much at all about the country’s founding, its purpose and its most fundamental beliefs.

Not very many years ago the Iron Lady of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, was asked if she thought there was any such thing as American Exceptionalism. Her reply was quick, spontaneous and precise. Essentially her answer was that most of the world’s countries — and certainly those of Europe — were created by History, but ‘America’, The United States, was created by a set of ideas; in short, a philosophy. We knew as a people and as a society what we did not want to be and more importantly what we should become or at least strive to become. The idea was not to instantly be a perfect union but to become ‘a more perfect union’.

Inventing stuff is not always easy and inventing The United States is something that we are still working on. Although we aren’t there yet we do have the goals in sight. But still, warts and all, these United States provide opportunities for personal liberty far beyond what can be expected in most other parts of the world. If you would like to see some evidence of that, attend a Naturalization Ceremony. These are held in official places like courthouses all over the country but also in a few more ‘weighty’ settings such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Battleship New Jersey, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Independence National Historic Park.

In today’s politically divided times we may find ourselves questioning what it really means to be an American. Should you find yourself feeling that way, I bet you would get a good answer from any of the freshly minted Americans on Citizenship Day.

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