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Today in History:

The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. (Thanks to InstaPundit for the reminder.)

Steve:
How thoughtless of the Framers to sign the Constitution on the same day that Stalin invaded Poland.
9.17.2009 1:32pm
Puck:
The battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) was fought on September 17, 1862. It was the bloodiest single battle in American history; over 20,000 men killed and wounded.
9.17.2009 1:33pm
Puck:
The Bill of Rights was ratified December 15, 1791. The Constitution was not complete without it.
9.17.2009 1:35pm
EH (mail):
For extra nice aesthetics, 222 years.
9.17.2009 1:50pm
Off Kilter (mail):
"The Bill of Rights was ratified December 15, 1791. The Constitution was not complete without it."

Good point. It will be missed...
9.17.2009 2:13pm
ChrisIowa (mail):

The Bill of Rights was ratified December 15, 1791. The Constitution was not complete without it.

If only they had limited the Federal government to a few well-defined and limited powers the BoR wouldn't have been needed.
9.17.2009 2:34pm
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If only they had limited the Federal government to a few well-defined and limited powers the BoR wouldn't have been needed.


But the AoC was too limited! The federal government required the authority to demand troops to make proper war; the following centralizing trend of government is just gravy.
9.17.2009 2:37pm
geokstr (mail):

EH:
For extra nice aesthetics, 222 years.

So, for extra credit, when is the 222nd anniversary of the first time some slick lawyer or devious politician, exactly of the kind the constitution was written to protect us against, discovered some hitherto unknown penumbras emanating from it?

My guess would be tomorrow.
9.17.2009 2:54pm
SFH (mail):
My mother's people came by ship
And fought at Bunker Hill
My Daddy lost a leg in France
I have his medal still
My brother served with Patton
I saw action in Algiers
Oh we must be doin' somethin' right
To last two hundred years

Haven Hamilton (the late Henry Gibson) in "Nashville"
9.17.2009 3:10pm
anomdebus (mail):
geokstr,
Ye of little imagination.. If there were lawyers or politicians in the creation of it, those penumbras were discovered before it was signed. This is also the charitable interpretation.
9.17.2009 3:11pm
Mark E.Butler (mail):
And my parents were married on the 162nd anniversary of its signing!

Congrats on 60 years, Mom and Dad!
9.17.2009 3:20pm
Tim Nuccio (mail) (www):

If only they had limited the Federal government to a few well-defined and limited powers the BoR wouldn't have been needed.


Many of them thought it was redundant anyway. They believed there was no power to take that which it had no authority over, anyway.

Little did they know, "commerce" means pretty much everything.
9.17.2009 3:27pm
troll_dc2 (mail):

Little did they know, "commerce" means pretty much everything.



What do you think that they would have written if they had had railroads, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, telegraphs, radios, televisions, and the Internet?
9.17.2009 4:00pm
yankee (mail):
Steve wins first post and the thread. Good job!
9.17.2009 5:10pm
Joseph Slater (mail):
I second yankee's praise of Steve's post.
9.17.2009 5:19pm
ChrisTS (mail):
Mark E.Butler:

I think a 60 year anniversary for a marriage is worthy of a shout out.
9.17.2009 6:12pm
gullyborg (mail) (www):
Today is also MY birthday!
9.17.2009 7:01pm
Fub:
troll_dc2 wrote at 9.17.2009 4:00pm:
What do you think that they would have written if they had had railroads, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, telegraphs, radios, televisions, and the Internet?
Hmmm.
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[3] T0t4ly d0m1n8 stuf w Phurn3rs, 5tat3z &N4Tve Bros, lol;
9.17.2009 9:44pm
Randy R. (mail):
"So, for extra credit, when is the 222nd anniversary of the first time some slick lawyer or devious politician, exactly of the kind the constitution was written to protect us against, discovered some hitherto unknown penumbras emanating from it? "

I didn't know that the Const was written to protect us against slick lawyers and devious politicians. But you learn something new every day!
9.17.2009 11:05pm
Bill Cyrus (mail) (www):
The Founders new very well that government would grab power for itself, so they set up a system to delay that erosion of liberty as long as possible. What has been neglected is the necessary pruning--we've been Yes Men too long. If we'd said NO at Prohibition and also at the Slaughterhouse Cases and Cruikshank we wouldn't be having the problems today. We the people have not demanded adherence to the rules nor punished deviation.

--Bill C.
9.18.2009 9:07am
Jam:
And ratified by the 9th former Colony, New Hampshire, in June 1788 (according to a google search), binding only those former Colonies that ratified under the new compact called these united States of America. So the real birth of the uSA is June 1788.

And the former Colonies not yet under the new compact were ....

still under the Articles of Confederation? I do not think so. The AC ceased to exist once former members joined another compact and against direct AC's text.

According to Mr. Marshall, in Gibbons v Ogden, the former Colonies were free and independent States. Hmmm, just like the Unanimous Declaration proclaim and the Brisitsh Crown acknowldeged.
9.18.2009 10:39pm
Jam:
A republic we could not keep.
9.18.2009 10:41pm

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