Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Constitution Day

I find great irony in the Federal Government’s mandate that we must adopt a resolution to promote one of our greatest living documents. The irony lies not in the fact we are called to implement “Constitution Day” and “Citizenship Day” (I think that is something we weave into the core of our educational philosophy), but that the government demands this by virtue of its own potential violation of the document they call us to celebrate. Article One of the constitution taken with the 14th (Rights Guaranteed Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection), and 10th Amendments (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people) could lead the informed reader to question the validity of the Federal Law mandating our compliance.
This trustee, as a student of the constitution and government, will always uphold the principals and precedents of the Constitution. In fact it was a condition of my taking office as a trustee that I affirm to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State. Plus, our district has as one of the central tenets that we incorporate fundamental Democratic Values in the heart of our curriculum. In that spirit I worry that our Federal Government is overstepping its authority in a continued usurping of State and Local governmental control. It is a concern worthy of examination and may prove to be a better celebration of our rights, freedoms, and responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States of America than a mandate imposed on our district as a condition of federal funding. Of course, the driving assumption is that any discussion of the Constitution assumes some working knowledge of the Constitution - maybe everyone (including our legislators) should set aside a Constitution Day.

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