February 17th President’s Day

Today is President’s Day. Well, not really but we will pretend it is. The first President’s Day was celebrated on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Then it was decided we needed to add Abraham Lincoln to the mix, who was born on February 12th and the date got moved to the middle, between both birthdays. Then it was decided that it didn’t matter what date it was on so long as it fell on a Monday (The third Monday in February) so government workers could have a three day weekend. Later it was decided that it really should include all Presidents but the date was kept the same. So this year, it is between Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, not that anyone intended it be that way.

How to celebrate – Pick your favorite President and celebrate their day. See how many Presidents you can name without looking. Visit Mt. Rushmore.

December 15th Bill of Rights Day

On March 9th, 1789 the Constitution of the United States was ratified by Congress. It seems like the day after, the Founding Fathers began to think about things they did not include in the Constitution that maybe they should have. So they began to make amendments to the constitution, considered the Bill of Rights, that applied to everyone in the country. The first amendments were made on September 25th, 1789. Originally there were twelve amendments proposed but only ten of the twelve were added to the constitution. There have been more and more amendments added since then, always with deep thought and consideration before being added. There will probably be more as time moves on. Today we celebrate that document, and those added later on, making us who we are.

How to celebrate – Read the Amendments to the Constitution. Read the Amendments that have been proposed but not added. Think up what Amendments you might add to the Constitution.

September 17th Constitution Day

We all know about the Declaration of Independence but one of the more important documents drawn up by the founding fathers is the Constitution, and most of us are less understanding of it. Today, in 1787 Congress began its drafting of the Constitution; finally completing it on March 4th 1789. Since then it has gone through many amendments, adjusting those original thoughts and laws as set up by the first vote. There have been 27 amendments and there will continue to be amendments as society changes. However, to think, that over 200 years only 27 original thoughts and regulations have been made is rather amazing. Guess our founding fathers really did know what they were doing!

How to celebrate – Throw a Constitution party! See how many of the amendments you can name. See how many of the founding fathers you can name.

December 15th Bill of Rights Day

Today we celebrate the Bill of Rights, an addition to the Constitution that was ratified on March 4th, 1789 with the promise that the Bill of Rights would be added at a later date. Our Founders did not want a government that had no concern for it’s citizens, as was the norm across Europe.

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James Madison proposed 19 amendments to the Constitution that gave the public rights not found in other countries at the time. 12 of those 19 were considered. the first 2 were not accepted, concerning the number or representatives and the pay for those representatives. 10, however, were voted on and accepted, making them a part of the United States government.

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The process started on September 25, 1789 and added on December 15th, 1789.  The first was the freedom of speech, the press and religion. Second came the right to bear arms. Protection of homeowners from quartering troops, unless during war and unreasonable search and seizure became the 3rd and 4th. The 5th is the promise of the process of law and protection against double jeopardy and self-incrimination.

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6th was the right to a speedy trial by peers and the rights of the accused. A trial by jury in civil cases, the protection from cruel and unusual punishment with no excessive bail. The protection of rights not specified in the Bill of Rights and that the states maintained their rights over the Central Government followed.

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We may take these rights for granted today but they were totally new and untried before the forming of the government of the United States. I sometimes wonder at the brillance of our Founding Fathers. The Bill of rights has had numerous amendments since 1789 but the fact that they provided for such changes is amazing.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your rights and protect them. Study the United States foundations. Read about the additional amendments that have been added.

September 17th Constitution Day

We celebrate our Constitution today, a document that literally took years to draft. It was finally agreed upon on September 17th, 1787. It did not go into effect until March 4th, 1789. This is the document that makes us who we are. Whether you like it or not, believe in it or not, accept it or not… it is the law and moral fiber of those that formed this Union.

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This country has been through a lot, including a Civil War that tried desperately to divide the Union. So far, it has held together. Personally I believe the founders were brilliant men, of course they had suffered through and tried to avoid all the pitfalls they had seen from other forms of government.

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There have been changes, arranged for by those founding the document, in the forms of amendments. They knew their document would need to be adjusted over the years, they even planned for it.

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Now no one knows the future and if we are smart, we will learn from our past. Is the constitution perfect? Probably not, but it is as perfect as humans can ever be. Try and find a better written document, I don’t think you will. Anything that starts out, “We he People”, cannot be all bad.

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How to celebrate – Read the constitution. Read the amendments. Study our founding fathers.

February 19th President’s Day

If you are or were, a President, this is your day. Most of us think it is a day to celebrate the Presidency of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but it actually a day to celebrate all the Presidents we have ever had (In the Untied States).

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Now you may, or may not like some of the Presidents but you have to admit it’s a tough job no matter who is in office. You can’t please everybody, and sometimes you can please anybody.

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We have celebrate those who have served as President since 1968. Lyndon B. Johnson was our President in 1968 and I doubt he felt very respected. Perhaps that’s why this day got stated in the first place! I cannot actually understand why anyone would want to be President, I understand why we need one, but what a thankless job.

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But we always seem to find somebody! Or they find us? Many have been war heroes, others business men, lawyers, actors and many have been qualified, and others not so much so. But if you stop and think about it, what makes someone qualified to be President?

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Wel, honor those Presidents you choose today, disparage those you don’t like but be thankful either way that you didn’t have to face what they faced every day of their lives!

How to celebrate – Pick at least one President you like and celebrate them on this day. Try and name all the President without looking. Trump is the 45th (But how many served more than one term!) Imagine a President as King, pick the one you think would have been the best.

December 15th Bill of Rights Day

On March 4th, 1789 the Constitution was ratified. On September 25, 1789 12 Amendments were proposed to the Constitution. On December 15th, 1791 10 of those Amendments were ratified becoming a part of the Constitution.

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Among those 10 are: 1.) The Freedom of Speech, Press and Religion. 2.) The right to bear arms. 3.) Protection of homeowners from quartering troops, except during war. 4.) The right and protection against unreasonable search and seizure. 5.) The right of due process of law, protection against double jeopardy, self incrimination.

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6.) The right of a speedy trial by jury of peers and rights of the accused. 7.) The right to trail by jury in civil cases. 8.) Protection from cruel and unusual punishment, excessive bail. 9.) Protection of rights not specified in the Bill of Rights. 10.) States rights, power of the States.

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It is amazing how this group of men could write a document that has lasted so long and been right so many times. There have been many additional amendments but these first 10 cover so much of what we honor even today. (By the way, amendment 10 is the real cause of the Civil War and an issue we still deal with today.)

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Oh, and the two that were not adopted… well both had to do with how many Congressmen there would be and what they were to be paid. Had the amendment been accepted there would be over 6,000 Congressmen today!

How to celebrate – Read and understand what the Bill of Rights mean, don’t just assume you know because of what someone else has told you. Name one other country that has a better constitution and bill of rights. Salute the flag that stands for the constitution and bill of rights.