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Friday, September 15, 2006

A Hearty Constitution

In the United States, we celebrate our patriotism a lot.

There’s the Fourth of July, of course, when we revel in our independence from those evil British overlords. (Sorry Ben—they brainwash us over here.) And in February we have Washington’s Birthday a.k.a. President’s Day a.k.a. George Washington Day, at least in Virginia.

Don’t forget Patriot Day. That’s the official designation of September 11—although I suspect schoolchildren 50 years from now will still be calling it “9/11” more than anything else.

But do you recognize the importance of September 17?

If you’re a teacher, you probably do. The law creating Constitution Day directs all schools in the U.S. that accept federal funding to offer a constitutionally oriented educational program of some variety on that day or the nearest weekday.

You may not be sold on the idea of another federal holiday. Especially when it doesn’t even give you the day off of work.

It might sit a bit easier if you view the day as a celebration of fundamental rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Like freedom of speech.

It was on September 17, in 1967, that Jim Morrison of The Doors exercised his freedom of speech, defying the powers-that-be at CBS by singing, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” live on The Ed Sullivan Show.

So let’s cherish Constitution Day as yet another opportunity to pat ourselves on the back as a nation. Do it for liberty. Do it for freedom.

Do it for Jim Morrison.

P.S. Ben—Jim was a Yank ... so you can do it for John, Paul, George, and Ringo. They loved the Constitution, too. After all, the White Album did include “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (of Rights).”

32 Comments:

At September 15, 2006 8:22 AM, Blogger OnMyWatch replied to my musings ...

Only if there will be sparklers involved. I'm all about the sparklers. :)

 
At September 15, 2006 10:09 AM, Blogger erika replied to my musings ...

Can there be firworks too while the Doors are playing too please?

 
At September 15, 2006 10:21 AM, Anonymous Perplexio replied to my musings ...

And what about the public masturbation that Morrison made so popular in Miami? Will there be any of that on Constitution Day?

 
At September 15, 2006 10:25 AM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

Rah rah rah! Sis boom bah!

Go...

C-O-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-I-O-N!

Yay for the Constitution!

 
At September 15, 2006 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

Right Perplexio,
JIm made the world safe for Madonna.

Godwhacker

 
At September 15, 2006 11:06 AM, Blogger Ben Heller replied to my musings ...

You guys should be glad we Brits pulled out.

You get an extra days holiday because of us.

You get to drive on the wrong side of the road, legally.

You get to take all our names of towns and turn them into much nicer places (have you ever been to Hollywood Birmingham or Manchester ?).

To rub salt in the wound, you guys get democratic freedom, you're all free citizens and Liberty is something you deserve to celebrate.

I, on the other hand am a subject, ruled by someone who, by the luck of birthright has the power to decide mine and my childrens future figuratively speaking.

Luckily we don't have K-Fed, Britney, Paris, or Beyonce which is like 365 celebration days rolled into one.

I feel so lucky.
HAPPY PATRIOT DAY.

 
At September 15, 2006 11:51 AM, Blogger Paige Burns replied to my musings ...

Huzzah! Now if only the schools would actually give the right education...

 
At September 15, 2006 2:28 PM, Blogger Dr. Cissa Fireheart replied to my musings ...

Bless Jim Morrison....I wouldn't have the fashionable t-shirts that I do if he hadn't pulled his penis out in New Haven back in 67! Connecticut banned him and threw him in jail....

I wonder if my Kindergartener is going to have to learn about the Bill of rights or the constitution....probably not because she can't read, and barely can write her own name....but if it's law, then it's law and I will probably get some flyer in her numerous papaers on Monday about it...

But I digress...as always....

great post!

 
At September 15, 2006 2:50 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

This might sound bad but I like any holiday where I get the day off haha! :)

I am a teahcer, I teach History so I did infact know what Sept 17th was

I added Duke to the predictions don't hold the pick against me please

 
At September 15, 2006 2:53 PM, Blogger DaBich replied to my musings ...

If I don't get the day off, then it's not a holiday, dayumit!
;)

 
At September 15, 2006 3:54 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

OMW, Erika, Cube: I say we all celebrate however we want--the more the merrier.

Perplexio, GW, Cissa: I say we honr just about everything Jim did. Except die in the bathtub. That wasn't so cool.

Ben: Thanks for being a gracious foil. I'd buy you an album to thank you but you already own ALL of them.

Paige: But what IS the right education? I think "School of Rock" with Jack Black came closest.

Phats: I understand the football pick; it's OK as long as you make the right picks in Duke's basketball season. I'll have to check to see which school Duke play in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge this year ... maybe it's Purdue (but I doubt it).

DaBich: You are right--a holiday loses its impact when most people don't know about it.

-- david

 
At September 15, 2006 4:19 PM, Anonymous Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Although our livers would probably protest our honoring of Jim Morrison quite profusely.

 
At September 15, 2006 5:15 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

We are playing Virginia at Mackey. I think you all might be playing IU? not sure i know you played them last year so maybe not. If you are playing IU i will be your BIGGEST supporter haha

 
At September 15, 2006 10:55 PM, Blogger MIA replied to my musings ...

I only like holidays with presents involved

 
At September 16, 2006 5:23 AM, Anonymous BarBarA (aka Layla) replied to my musings ...

You know I'd do anything for Jim. I just happen to have a clip of both the footage from the Ed Sullivan show and the scene from "The Doors" starring Val Kilmer on my blog right now! Click my url then go down about 4 posts and you'll see them both. Compare them - it's such a trip!

http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/

 
At September 16, 2006 8:36 AM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

Damn, you are a riot!

As for Patriot's Day? Not so much. 9/11 it is!

 
At September 16, 2006 12:56 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn replied to my musings ...

Never heard of it!

I vow to exercise my freedom of speech on that holiday by cussing out a couple of complete strangers.
Jim would like that, I think.

Enjoy your weekend!!

 
At September 16, 2006 5:37 PM, Blogger goldennib replied to my musings ...

I will raise a glass tomorrow in The Constitution's honor.

 
At September 16, 2006 6:54 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Perplexio: Good point. But that's how Jim would want it.

Phats: Yup, Duke plays Indiana on November 28 at Cameron. I know I'll have you rooting for the Blue Devils!

Mia: Then maybe we should make this into a gift-giving holiday. Hmmmm ... what's a good Constitution-related present?

Layla: I'm not sure, but your post on Jim probably had him in my mind, which paid off when I wrote this post.

Lisa B.: A riot? Wow, it's been a while since I've been called THAT.

Jamie: That's a noble way to celebrate the holiday. It's the same way I honor Arbor Day, except I cuss at trees then.

GoldenNib: Raise a glass to the Constitutional experiment in prohibition--and it's reversal.

-- david

 
At September 16, 2006 7:05 PM, Blogger Gyrobo replied to my musings ...

I recently got into a conversation about federal holidays. One of the main points against adding more was that the Roman empire observed hundreds of holidays, and, well, look what happened to them.

Then again, the ancient Romans didn't have refined sugar... or a constitution.

 
At September 16, 2006 8:02 PM, Blogger Paige Burns replied to my musings ...

*sigh* Guess I was thinking over #1 being in the wrong type of special ed class. If I could afford it I'd go private school, as that's what I had and felt I got a great education.

 
At September 17, 2006 12:16 AM, Blogger MIA replied to my musings ...

Well... you could give someone your constitution

 
At September 17, 2006 8:32 AM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

That piece took a turn I didn't expect, and hilariously so, bravo! Too funny, since I just interviewed Matt Zane of Society 1 who is a big Morrison disciple and we talked about him a lot. Mark the day indeed for freedom of speech!

 
At September 17, 2006 2:22 PM, Blogger goldennib replied to my musings ...

David: My thoughts exactly. The greatest, failed, experiement.

 
At September 17, 2006 5:13 PM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

I'm celebrating right now by laughing at the hidden "stronger than dirt" from Ajax at the end of Touch Me. Hmm, there's a theme growing here...no, not that.

 
At September 18, 2006 1:09 PM, Blogger Minka replied to my musings ...

I am glad you pad yourself on the back so much, that I don´t have to do it for you! :)
Would a "God Bless America!" be totally inappropriate here?

 
At September 18, 2006 2:35 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Gyrobo: The Romans DID have that cool gladiator stuff, which we're missing. (At least for now--I think pro wrestling will soon include capital punishment for the loss of a match.)

Paige: I think what matters even more than the school is the kid's overall environment and parental attitudes towards education. Good kids come out of even the worst schools.

Mia: I have a hearty constitution, but I can't do more than lend it to anyone. Maybe our holiday gifts can be Supreme Court justice dolls.

Ray: Thanks, I'm glad someone still enjoys the blog. I've always thought that even though bands like Zep, Sabbath, and Deep Purple had more influence on most hard rock/metal bands than The Doors, Jim had a huge, though subtle, influence on many acts.

GoldenNib: Another failed experiment: the indirect election of senators, which used to be elected by state legislatures. Somehow I doubt that old habit will come back.

Mike: I used to think Ray said "stronger than her" at the end of that song ... I guess I was a bit sexist as a kid.

Minka: It would be approprate for a very vocal segment of population, few of which probably read this blog.

-- david

 
At September 18, 2006 3:27 PM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

We've got Flag Day too! My neighbor was shooting off fireworks last night in his back yard. Now I know why!

 
At September 18, 2006 4:25 PM, Blogger Cinderella replied to my musings ...

Ill still be calling 9/11, 9/11 50 years from now, it's built into my brain and once that happens it's a done thing.

 
At September 18, 2006 6:17 PM, Blogger Zen Wizard replied to my musings ...

Shouldn't we celebrate Jackie Mason flipping off Ed Sullivan (allegedly) with its own day?

How about a Reproductive Freedom Day, honoring Ed Sullivan and the Woman Who Lived in a Shoe? Ed Sullivan was always promising a "really big shoe," after all...

Or better yet, how about "Guy Who Spins a Bunch of Plates at the End of a Stick Day"? I never understood the GUY, so I won't mind not understanding the DAY, either.

 
At September 18, 2006 8:46 PM, Blogger Lee Ann replied to my musings ...

Happy belated Constitution Day!

 
At September 21, 2006 8:44 PM, Blogger Claire replied to my musings ...

I had no idea September 11 is called Patriot Day. I agree with everyone else--it will always be September 11 to me.

I actually didn't know there was a Constitution Day either--I suppose I was too busy counting down to Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.

Arrrr.

 

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