With Trump previously accusing Texas senator Ted Cruz of being ineligible to run for commander in chief due to his Canadian birth as well as stating that President Obama wasn’t born in the US, either (though Trump was proven wrong and only just admitted it), it makes you wonder how much of the US Constitution the Republican president candidate actually knows. Amongst all the policy statements he’s made throughout his campaign, maybe he should be carrying a pocket Constitution as the parents of a fallen American soldier (who they, themselves, are naturalized citizens) urged him to do during the DNC in July.
September 17th, 1787 marked the day the United States Constitution was signed and ratified in Philadelphia by the Founding Fathers, and it has come a long way since. It was the first of its kind at its inception and the adding of amendments is what makes it unique. Starting with “We The People”, the constitution opens with how the country will, and has been, governed: all legislative power would rest in the Congress of the United States, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives, executive power shall rest in the President, along with a Vice President, judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and how each government branch would operate interdependently. Out of the colonies, Alexander Hamilton was the only New York representative to sign.
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. –constitutionday.com
With the signing of the US Constitution, 10 amendments were attached, also known as the Bill of Rights. These include the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, & petition, the (now highly controversial) right to bear arms, a private citizen’s right to security of one’s own belongings, and the right to not self-incriminate, to name a few. As of May 1992, there are current 27 amendments, including some of the most pivotal laws, such as the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, the 18th amendment that started Prohibition and the 21st amendment that appealed it. A few examples of lesser known amendments would be the 16th: taxes pulled from our income ratified in 1913, the 20th setting the date of a president’s inauguration and the 26th setting the voting age as 18 in 1971.
The full constitution is readily available online, via a government website or constitutionday.com. so let’s get well versed in it before we get a president who would constant violate it. *cough, Trump, cough*