Today is the anniversary of the day the U.S. Constitution was approved in 1787. One wonders why this day is not a national holiday, as opposed say, to a certain day in October when many governments close down. Perhaps it's best this way; schoolkids will learn about the Constitution today, won't they ... ?
The Michigan Senate passed a resolution making today the end of Michigan Patriot Week. Probably few Michiganders know about it, because there hasn't been hardly any coverage of such a symbolic act. Instead, the news -- like a radio report yesterday heard while driving -- began with the story of a fire and then a shooting. And one of those didn't even occur in Michigan. Well, for the two people that read this blog, here is the text of the resolution, containing a number of Civil War items. Oh yes, didn't anyone tell you? The Civil War was a conflict over the Constitution of the United States ... and the Confederacy adopted one modeled on, but also changing in some key ways (enshrining slavery, for example, in the document), the document we are today to especially revere.
SR-177, As Adopted by Senate, September 11, 2014
Senators Colbeck, Casperson, Robertson, Nofs and Pappageorge offered the following resolution:
Senate Resolution No. 177.
A resolution designating September 11-17, 2014, as Michigan Patriot Week.
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that understanding American history and America's First Principles are indispensable to the survival of our republic as a free people. In great reverence to the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Legislature acknowledges that American citizens must take time to honor the First Principles, founders, documents, and symbols of their history; and
Whereas, The events that led to the signing of The Constitution of the United States of America by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, have significance for every American and are honored in public schools across the nation on September 17 of each year as Constitution Day; and
Whereas, Revolution, the rule of law, social compact, equality, unalienable rights, and limited government are the First Principles upon which America was founded and flourishes; and
Whereas, Exceptional, visionary, and indispensable Americans such as Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Marshall, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison founded and advanced the United States; and
Whereas, The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the congressional resolution forwarding the Constitution to the states, Marbury v Madison, Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the "I Have a Dream" speech are key documents that embody America's First Principles and have advanced American liberty; and
Whereas, The Bennington Flag, original Betsy Ross American flag, current American Flag, Suffragist Flag, Fort Sumter Flag, Gadsden Flag, and flag of the state of Michigan are fundamental physical symbols of American history and freedom that should be studied and remembered by each American citizen; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, That we hereby designate September 11-17, 2014, as Michigan Patriot Week, which symbolically begins on September 11 and concludes on September 17, Constitution Day. We recognize that each generation needs to renew the spirit of America based on America's First Principles, historical figures, founding documents, and symbols of America. The citizens, schools and other educational institutions, government agencies, municipalities, and nonprofit, religious, labor, community, and business organizations are urged to recognize and participate in Patriot Week by honoring and celebrating so that all may offer the reverence that is due to our free republic; and be it further Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Michigan Council for Social Studies, Michigan Center for Civic Education, State Board of Education, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland County Circuit Court, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, and Governor Rick Snyder.