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Saluting Citizenship Day

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Some interesting facts lurk behind the Constitution

By John Pawlak

Once a year, we stop arguing about immigration, abortion, taxing the rich, drilling national reserves, and other typical dinner conversations that usually result in throwing food and dishes at each other.
Once a year, we turn our eyes towards those stars and stripes waving in the distance, and we remember why we’re able to argue over these things.  We have the freedom to disagree.
Sept. 17 is “Constitution Day,” a day set aside by the U.S. Department of Education to observe and honor the history of our Constitution.  
On Sept. 17, 1787, the final draft of the Constitution was sent to Congress. Nine months later, (June 21, 1788,) Congress ratified it. So was our country “born” on 9/17/87 or 6/21/88?  
And doesn’t this raise the question as to who was the first president of the United States? George Washington wasn’t inaugurated until April 30, 1989.  
If our nation was in fact a nation in ‘87, who was driving the bus? Where did the buck stop?  Had we even issued bucks yet?
This is in part the reason for setting this day aside, a chance for Americans to consider what the Constitution really is. How did it congeal into its present day form?  


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