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Fun on Friday: Constitution Day

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I’m not sure that this is appropriate for “fun” on Friday. It’s more like sad on Friday. Or ironic on Friday. But I don’t have anything more fun, so I’m going to run with this.

As you may know, yesterday was Constitution Day. And you know what? The federal government can’t even get that right.

On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates (most of them, but not all) at the Philadelphia Convention signed the proposed Constitution for the United States and sent it off to begin the long and arduous ratification process.

So, what does the federal government do to celebrate this momentous occasion?

It violates the Constitution.

Given the operation of the federal government today, I guess it should come as no surprise it has even managed to mess up Constitution Day.

So, what have they done now?

Well, in 2004, President George W. Bush signed an unconstitutional federal act, with an unconstitutional federal mandate, applying to unconstitutional federally-funded schools – to “teach the Constitution”

Now here’s the thing – the Constitution doesn’t delegate any authority over education to the feds. Therefore, per the Tenth Amendment, education funding and standards should completely be a state and local concern. So, this whole “celebration” mandate violates the document it claims to celebrate.

You might think there’s a silver lining in all this. They at least teach the Constitution, right? I mean, that’s something kids need to learn about. So, maybe I should stop being a killjoy and be glad the founding document is being recognized at all, right?

Except they don’t even bother to teach the Constitution.

They teach a bunch of trivia and maybe talk about the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches. But they aren’t going to teach the kids that the Constitution strictly limited the federal government to the point that their entire lesson is unconstitutional.

Somehow I don’t think that would play so well.

We mostly talk about economic issues here on the SchiffGold website. You can trace a lot of those to the fact that the federal government has vastly exceeded its authority. A government limited by the Constitution would be running up $3 trillion deficits.

If you are interested in learning more about the Constitution and the system of government it was intended to create, I’ve written a book on the subject titled  Constitution Owner’s Manual: The Real Constitution the Politicians Don’t Want You to Know About.  You can learn more about the book at ConstitutionOwnersManual.com.

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Michael Maharrey is the managing editor of the SchiffGold blog, and the host of the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast and It's Your Dime interview series.
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