Monday, September 17, 2007

Freedom isn't free. Happy Constitution Day

This looks like a nice event, a celebration of the US Constitution at IUP.
IUP Constitution Celebration, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, today at 11 am. This celebration of the U.S Constitution features student groups playing a game of "Constitutional Jeopardy" and members of the IUP faculty reading of various passages from the Constitution. Guests will receive pocket-sized copies of the Constitution and refreshments. This is part of the university's week-long celebration of Constitution Day.
Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh the same day brings little or nothing on the Constitution, (sorta like Free Software Day). However, tours are being offered today.

Old Allegheny County Jail Tours are slated at the Allegheny County Jail/Family Court on September 17 at 11:30 am. Explore the former jail with this free self-guided tour. A docent from Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will be on hand to provide information. Reservations are appreciated by calling (412) 471-5808, ext. 527.

Notice the contrast. The rest of the nation is doing an embrace of freedom, rights, liberties while Pittsburgh is about jails, bars, punishment and stone buildings with walls of a fortress.

History is important. I love to know about the past. The 'throw-back threads' of the Steelers are nice -- for a game. But the Steelers stunk back in the day. Likewise, the struggle for justice and individual liberties throughout history has been stormy.

Constitution Day and Jury Rights Day 2007 from the Libertarian Party
For more information contact: Doug Leard (Media Relations) or Michael Robertson (Chair) at 1-800-R-RIGHTS /

Harrisburg - Today marks the 220th anniversary of the signing of our United States Constitution. To celebrate and show support for the principles contained in this historic document, LPPa members will participate in a Constitution Day Rally at 6 p.m. today on the State Capitol Steps.

Sponsored by S.T.O.M.P. (Stop Taking our Money and Property), the event features a variety of speakers addressing the essential duty of defending our Constitution and the principles within it.

LPPa Cumberland County representative, Barry Dively, remarked "Constitution Day is celebrated by all US citizens to recognize a document and contract with our government that we have inalienable rights - rights granted to us as our birthright, of life, liberty and property."

Constitution Day comes after recognition of another fundamental freedom celebrated on September 8th, Jury Rights Day. On this day, we acknowledged the largely ignored power of jurors to protect citizens from over-reaching government through jury nullification.

A Pittsburgh-based LPPa spokesman, Tim Crowley, explained that "Juries are empowered to consider matters of fact as they pertain to guilt or innocence, but they also are empowered to consider the morality of the law in question. That's the purpose of jury nullification."

It's not surprising that these two days of commemoration are related by more than a common month. As Thomas Jefferson said, "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

Constitution Day Rally info:
Jury nullification info: (Fully Informed Jury Association).


Anonymous said...

Current events quiz in the P-G:

Current events quiz What is the purpose of today being recognized as National Constitution Day?

(A) To commemorate the day in 1787 when the U.S. Constitution was signed in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

(B) To make the remaining supporters of the Articles of Confederation feel really, really out of the mainstream.

(C) Another reason for a family get-together was needed between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

(D) It's the one day a year when U.S. Justice Department officials fast from sunrise to sunset and seek forgiveness for their sins.

Anonymous said...

from another public list:

Happy Constitution Day, to all of our Ron Paul Patriots!
Out of curiosity I looked on my "Pittsburgh" calendar to see if Sept. 17 was labeled, but instead there was something written about commemorating "Respect For The Aged Day" in Japan!! One would think on an American calendar, such an important day would be indicated. The damn thing was probably made in China or something......
Anyway, Happy Constitution Day!

yours in liberty,
Connie T.