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Happy Constitution Day!

Today, September 17th, is Constitution Day in the United States. On this date in 1787 the Constitutional Convention–or, at least, 39 of the 55 delegates–signed the United States Constitution. It was ratified in June of the following year.

I’m often surprised at how much “we the people” seem to not know about our own constitution. Considering the importance that it has in the span of human history, this seems inexcusable to me. So, here’s a link to the document. If you’re an American it’s your Constitution; go and read it.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Wikipedia also has a nice series of articles on the document.  Check them out here.  Go and learn more about what our Constitution says, what it is, how it works, and how it has evolved over time.  It’s important.

Nader ignored by media

Obviously the media needs to give the lions share of news coverage to McCain and Obama, but it does seem that they’ve completely ignored Ralph Nader. Has anyone seen any news coverage of the guy? He is running for president after all.

Yes, he’s got no shot at winning, but third party candidates can still be good for the body politic by raising issues that would otherwise be ignored and questioning assumptions that no one else will. I think at least some news coverage would be appropriate. Apparently, so does Nader:

It’s a rather unusual ad for a presidential candidate, though not so odd as Mike Gravel’s “I’m going to stare into the camera and then throw a rock into a pond” campaign ad.