September 15, 2013
BECAUSE AMERICA IS AN IDEA, NOT A NATION:
U.S. Constitution a document worth celebrating (WILFRED MCCLAY, September 14, 2013, Oklahoman)
Tuesday is Constitution Day, a uniquely American holiday and far more unique than the Fourth of July. Many countries celebrate an independence day. But only the United States has a 226-year-old written Constitution that authoritatively shapes its national life.Other countries, such as France, have lived under many regimes; for the French, the nation is something distinct from the form of government. Not so for Americans, who have lived since the 1780s under the same "regime." The significance of this seems to escape us. We revere our Constitution blandly, not troubling ourselves to know very much about it and without reflecting much about what it says about our national identity.Ties of race, religion and ethnicity have never been what bound Americans.
Begin with Creation and the rest follows. Start from anywhere else and you can't get to here.Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2013 9:52 AM
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