Monday, September 19, 2011

Citizenship and Constitution Week

By Diane Forrest,


“We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I wrote that from memory, how many of you readers grew up with School House Rock?  Back in the day, when I was a kid, Saturday mornings were not only filled with fun cartoons, like Scooby doo and Tom and Jerry, but we also had educational "commercials" too.  The preamble was one of those.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_TXJRZ4CFc

This week is Citizenship and Constitution Week.  These are things that many citizens take for granted, and hardly think about.  This reminds me of a movie staring Goldie Hawn called Protocol.  She takes a group of women, wives of visiting dignataries, on a tour of Washington, and they visit the National Archives building where the Constitution is held. As she begins to read it to them she realizes that she never knew what it says.  To see the constitution in it's entirety, visit this site: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

Some interesting facts about the Constitution can be found here http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?section=constitution&page=fascinatingFacts.cfm

The Constitution was written in 1787, however didn't take into effect until 1789, and It remains the basic law of the United States.  The United States Constitution also remains the oldest in existence. 

Since the Constitution outlines the laws of the country, people who want to become citizens must learn about it.  In fact, to obtain citizenship in America they must learn all about American history and laws.  From what I have heard, it is a very complex proceedure, people work very hard to become an American citizen, but it's worth the challenge.  For a sample test of the Citizenship test, go here: http://www.800citizen.org/us_citizenship_test/  Would you pass?

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