Posts Tagged ‘the Constitution of the United States of America’

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What am I noting today?

September 17, 2018

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September 17th is Constitution Day. America celebrates this day to commemorate when delegates came together in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the U.S. Constitution into law. However, it wasn’t until 2004 that the holiday took on the full name it bears today.  In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd passed an amendment renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” which requires public schools and institutions to provide information on the history of the country’s Constitution.

The Constitution is often called a living document since it can be amended through a governmental process. The process for amending the Constitution can be found in the Constitution itself. And it can often take time to add an amendment, a process the founders developed as an attempt to ensure the power remained with the people.

 

ref: Government Printing Office

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What am I celebrating today?

December 5, 2013

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Today marks the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition (January 1920 through December, 1933).  This was accomplished by ratification of the 21st amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

It is difficult for me to believe that an amendment such as the 18th was ever proposed, let alone ratified, in the first place.  It must have been a very different time, or I am just exhibiting my proclivity for leaving the Constitution alone.

Nevertheless, today is National Sacher Torte Day.  So raise a glass (or not) and enjoy this Austrian delicacy, which was developed in 1823 by Austrian pastry chef, Franz Sacher.

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Here is a recipe from the Austrian Tourist Board.