The Constitution Day Address: The Constitution and Civic Responsibility
On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine men signed the U.S. Constitution, giving the people sovereignty under the American government. As the oldest written national constitution in use, the United States Constitution stands as a model of statesmanship and cooperation. September 17, 2007 marked the 220th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution; this date serves as a reminder of the Founding Father’s legacy and American citizen’s responsibility to uphold the privileges, which those thirty-nine men presented.
Though daily life as Americans should provide adequate reminder of the gift of being an American citizen, today, particularly younger generations know and act less on their civic responsibility. Look to yourself, for example, have you registered to vote? Do you remember the Pledge of Allegiance or why the fourth of July is marked with cook-outs and firecrackers? Does the meaning of civic responsibility translate to you as the mail notice dauntingly labeled, jury duty?
What is the civic responsibility of American citizens? Judge Marjorie Rendell has sought to provide an answer: “We are the newest guardians of our democracy. It is important that we rededicate ourselves to the creation of those “voices of the people” proficient in understanding and willing to sacrifice for the rights and responsibilities embodied in our Constitution.”
In four hand written pages, the Constitution represents the owners manual to a government. Allowing Americans to live in the land of the free with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and so long as the Constitution stands we always will.
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Rendell, Marjorie. "The Constitution Day Address: The Constitution and Civic Responsibility." Ensemble video, 57:15. September 24, 2007. https://ensemble.dickinson.edu/Watch/p6B3XmEy