Today is Constitution Day, honoring the 1787 signing of that most
noble, oft-quoted, misquoted, abused, ignored and revered cornerstone of American
democracy. Philadelphia's National Constitution Center is celebrating
with an "I Signed the Giant Constitution" gala, a reading of the
preamble - American short attention spans and all - and other events.
Aptly, Dick Cheney is celebrating by being unconscious, in back
surgery. To celebrate by reading the august document itself, go here.
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"We the People of the United States, in
Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic
Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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."