Why is there a Constitutionland?
The best answer to this question is in the quotes that follow. As Americans and heirs of this Republic of Liberty we have a moral obligation to preserve liberty and democracy in this land where it originated and continues to thrive after two centuries.
How do we keep the torch of liberty lit? KNOWLEDGE!
"Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the people, as the best means of preserving our liberties."
"The Constitution has become a relic to be worshiped, rather than a document of the People, intended to be read, understood, and applied by the People, in order to produce government for the People...[W]e place it under glass at the National Archives so that tourists can walk past and gaze at old parchment for twenty seconds apiece. We don't read or study its words. Instead, we worship a document we do not read, and allow our constitutional high priests to speak unintelligible words in the name of the document, issuing commands which we blindly obey."
-From Michael Stokes Paulsen, Legal Development: Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise of Constitutional Interpretation: Some Modest Proposals from the Twenty-Third Century, 59 Albany Law Review, 671 (1995).
"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country."
-Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788.
It is our obligation to preserve what was created in the summer of 1787:
"A lady asked Dr. Franklin "Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy -- "A republic," replied the Doctor, "if you can keep it." "
From James McHenry: Anecdotes in Max Farrand, Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, vol. 3, appendix A, p. 85.
But remember, knowledge should be fun!
"I love the Constitution and I love theme parks. So, why isn't there a theme park all about the Constitution? This is even better than chocolate and peanut butter!" -Peter M. Carrozzo