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Letter from the Editor

09/13/2012

If someone asked you what you know about the Constitution or what it means to you, what would you say?

That is has 27 Amendments and was signed in Philadelphia in 1787? That it guarantees your right to bear arms, or protects your freedoms of speech and religion?

But did you know that the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution of any major world government? At 4,400 words, it's also the shortest.

How about that the Constitution doesn't mention requirements a person needs to vote in an election? Or that the word "democracy" is never used once in the document?

And what about Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence? You won't find his signature on the Constitution; he was serving as U.S. minister to France during the Constitutional Convention.

Each year, September 17th marks Constitution Day in the United States, commemorating the day our Founding Fathers signed this historic document. This Constitution Day, you can come to the Leone Cole Auditorium from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. to hear Professor Bryan Fair with the University of Alabama Law School and Mr. Marc Ayers with the Bradley Ayers Boult Cummings law firm.

They will be speaking on what the Constitution means and why it is still relevant 225 years after being signed.

One more interesting fact I'd like to share with you: Did you know that there was some debate about what the title of the President should be? The Senate originally suggested that his title be "His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of Their Liberties". Now that's a mouthful!

And as always, feel free to sound off on our Chanticleer Facebook page. We'd love to hear what the Constitution means to you!

Kara Coleman

Editor-in-Chief

The Chanticleer

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