Franke: The treasure of our Constitution | Opinion


I don’t usually give Congress credit for passing helpful legislation. Bills that are a thousand pages or more simply cannot be beneficial, especially when our elected officials admit or even brag about not reading them.

One exception to my cynical appreciation of Congress’ misdeeds is its designation each September 17 as Constitution Day. No, it’s not a federal holiday that gives everyone a paid day off. Nor are there ubiquitous parades and ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. About the only requirement is that colleges that receive federal funding, which is all but Hillsdale and one or two others, commemorate the day in an educational way. The sadly misguided hope is that our next generation of leaders will know and appreciate the powerful simplicity of the best guiding document ever written.


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