The question is have you read it? In this world of learning, libraries and book stores are filled with more than anyone could read in a life time. Yet, we as Americans have probably never read one of the most important documents in history. Yes, I’m talking about the Constitution of the United States.
Recently, we heard a convention speaker ask if a candidate had “ever read the Constitution of the United States?” This was a very good question, especially coming from someone who was not born in this country but immigrated here.
My question is have you read any part of The Constitution? If you are not a citizen of the U.S, you probably have not. You are not alone because The Constitution, which is our most precious document, is rarely taught or discussed in our schools and what parent is going to encourage their child to read it? Probably very few.
I thought the challenge was a good one because I have not read the entire document even though I was a teacher for many years. Bravo to those of you who have. My students discussed it in the context of studying history, but we never read it in class.
Nevertheless, I think it is important to know some facts concerning it. Therefore, I found (on history.com) some excellent questions and the answers, that might be of interest to my readers. If you read carefully the answers you do not know, you will be smarter than you were before reading. Perhaps you can even pass this along to some young person who would like to show some real intelligence in the classroom should the subject of The Constitution ever arise. (Just for fun…close your eyes after reading the question and see if you can answer it.)
- What is the Constitution of the United States of America?
The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington.
- How many amendments to the Constitution are there?
- Which amendment to the Constitution was to lower the voting age from age 21 to 18 and who was President at the time?
It was the 26th amendment and Richard Nixon was President in 1971 when the amendment was passed.
- Which document begins with the words “We the people of the United States…”?
- What is the preamble to the Constitution?
- Did George Washington sign The Constitution. If not, why?
He did not sign The Constitution because in July 1776 he was in New York preparing to defend Manhattan against the British.
- How many states had signers of The Constitution. Was your state representative one of them? (After checking this out, be sure to return for the video below, which is on the lighter side but great to know.)
All Americans should take pride in one of the most treasured and excellent documents in the world. Perhaps you may take the challenge to read more…or all of it. Americans should also remember that during the Continental Congress, the leaders were not afraid to pray about their decisions.
Here is a quote of interest concerning this: “In the Continental Congress somebody wanted to know which one was General George Washington. He was sitting up in the gallery. And a friend said, ‘Well, if you want to see which one Washington is, when Congress goes to prayer, he’ll be the tall man who gets on his knees.’
You may be interested also in James Madison, who wrote most of The Constitution, but he rose above many disadvantages in life and accomplished much! He also wrote our Bill of Rights. He should be an inspiration to all of us.