Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hallmarks and Other Milestones

You may have missed it.  If you did do not feel any particular sense of shame.  It is not your fault.  Hallmark does not make a card for it.  An excellent shorthand test regarding a particular day's established, commercial legitimacy is whether the robber barons from Hallmark mass-produce cards heralding its arrival.  In fairness to the Hallmark folks, I do not think that Mr. Deeds ever thought of suggesting a card for this particular day either.

Yesterday was Constitution Day.  The Constitution of these United States was adopted 226 years ago - yesterday.  So much energy and vitriol has been expended - especially so these past few years - over the rights afforded to individuals under the Constitution that you are forgiven if in your review of the document in its original, "as ratified" form you cannot locate a single word about the "right to bear arms".  It is not in there of course.  They call them "Amendments" for a reason Slappy.  The first ten were important enough to be identified en masse as "the Bill of Rights" but the Constitution as adopted eleven score and six years ago contained nary a one of them.  As of September 17, 1787 the score was Articles 7, Amendments 0.  The Bill of Rights would not be ratified for more than four years thereafter.  

 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,
promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty
to ourselves and our Posterity, 
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Happy Birthday to Us!  Close your eyes and make a wish.  And make it a good one.... 

....we are all in need of a good one....


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