America Reads The Constitution

, Kristin Theresa Jaroma, Leave a comment

At the Heritage Foundation Bloggers Briefing on August 10, 2010, guest speakers Peter Roff and Horace Cooper described the nationwide “We Read the Constitution” events to take place on September 18, 2010.

This is a national project in which parties of people across the nation can host and attend to read aloud the Constitution, and further, discuss what it says. Taking under an hour to read through, the people present at these events, all over America, will attain more of an understanding of their individual rights.

“The goal is to put the reality of the Constitution back into the hands of the American people,” stated Roff. This is a step forward in that direction.

“The Constitution means what it says, and more importantly, says what it means,” he declared.

Two organizations—Let Freedom Ring and Constituting America—inaugurated “We Read The Constitution.” The foundation of this national event is the belief that it is absolutely crucial that the American people are aware of, and understand, their Constitutional rights as citizens of this country.

Roff and Cooper asserted that the security of our government and stability of our nation lie within the lines of the United States Constitution, which is why it is a sad reality that many Americans do not know what is stated in this document.

“Knowledge is power,” stated Roff, “Step One is to drive everyone back to the original document and read it.”

The Declaration of Independence is celebrated every July Fourth but the same homage is not given to the Constitution as a document of equal, if not more, importance to the foundation of the United States.

A successful turnout at this event will result in the American people being “no longer blind, no longer ignorant.” Further, people will be equipped to make more effective decisions in self-governing practices, such as voting in federal, state, and local elections.

“It’s about more than voting,” Roff announced. It is about sparking the crucial discussion on the contents of the Constitution, and show[ing] what this country was supposed to be, should be, and can be once again.

Kristin Theresa Jaroma is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.