Constitution Day!Posted: September 17, 2013
It’s the most wonderful day of the year!
Did you know that my first serious career aspiration was to be a Supreme Court justice? (Serious, not realistic.) My passion in high school, aside from being passionate about being adored by my teachers, was the First Amendment. Specifically the religion clauses, most likely a consequence of my social justice ethical humanist culturally Jewish upbringing. A class assignment senior year led to the epiphany that I would enjoy being a lawyer, and it was not a far leap from that realization to the unrealistic goal of becoming a Justice.
I backed off from that goal years before it became an impossibility with a grade of B- in Constitutional Law, and have certainly found my place in the legal profession, so I have no regrets. But the Constitution remains–as it should–a document near and dear to my heart. More than once (I think three times, if asked to count) I have sworn to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.*
Today is the Constitution’s 226th birthday. That is amazing longevity. And while we disagree about what various provisions mean, the fact that the Constitution itself supports the existence and persistence of the debate blows my mind.
As I write this, I am thinking about a discussion that was had today about the meaning of Council rules that were adopted just nine months ago. Yet the Constitution has lasted 226 years. Awe.
*It is entirely possible that I swore to preserve, defend, and protect the Constititon during my Maryland Bar swearing-in. The judge reading the oath broke it into very long phrases and that one got jumbled between my ears and my mouth.