Ok, here we go again. It’s September 17th and that means it’s “Constitution Day” in the United States. On this date 231 years ago, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had drafted.
Sadly, though, this so-called national day of observance is a sham.
Politicians who never follow the Constitution will tell us about its greatness. Pundits who could care less about Constitutional limits will wax eloquent about how we should all praise the wisdom of the founders. And educators – under an unconstitutional federal mandate – will pretend to teach our children about the Constitution, even though they’re mostly clueless about it.
This “Constitution Day” thing wasn’t always a date of importance in this country. Back in 2004, federal politicians passed a law mandating the teaching of the Constitution in all schools that receive federal funds, as well as federal agencies. It stated, in part:
“Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”
Public law 108-447 (currently codified in 36 USC 106) didn’t start out as a “civic education” bill – it was actually an appropriations bill. It included massive funding and subsidies for the FDA, agricultural programs, state and local “law enforcement assistance,” the department of energy, the export-import bank – including guaranteed loan programs, military funding for Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Sudan, Guatemala, Haiti, and Uganda, the world bank, federal unemployment programs, the department of education, the department of housing and urban development, and much more.
Think about that for just a moment.
Federal politicians, who are taking billions upon billions of dollars from the people to carry out programs not authorized by the Constitution, are unconstitutionally mandating that schools unconstitutionally funded by the unconstitutional federal department of education must teach your kids about constitutional limits on federal power.
If that’s not some kind of sick joke, I don’t know what is.
Don’t get me wrong. I happen to like the idea of a “Constitution Day.” It’s just absurd to think that a federal mandate from an out-of-control federal government that’s more than $21 trillion in debt is ever going to teach anyone about the limits of the Constitution.