Constitution Week – Thousands Become New Citizens

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Today, September 17, is Constitution Day- the day that 39 men signed the document that would become (or is supposed to be) the law of the land in the United States. It is also Citizenship Day – when legal immigrants raise their right hands to become naturalized members of the “American family.”  We’ve come a long way since 1787, and many are complaining about the document that granted freedom and hope to centuries of people who came here. President Trump has declared this week “Constitution Week.”

Today Vice President Pence presided over 28 people who became “part of the American Family.” Over all 34,000 people will take the oath of citizenship in various venues this week, according to USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli on Fox.

The President marked the 232nd anniversary of that day with the following proclamation:

“Two hundred thirty-two years ago, the Framers of the Constitution met in Philadelphia and set our country on a bold course toward forming a more perfect Union.  John Adams called the drafting of the Constitution “the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen,” and since its ratification, this exceptional document has remained the bedrock of the rule of law for our Nation.  On this day and during this week, we celebrate the signing of the Constitution and the American citizens who have devoted their lives to implementing the Framers’ vision for the world’s grandest and most successful experiment in self-government.

The Founders understood that a self-governing republic requires a free and empowered citizenry.  We are therefore grateful that our Constitution is designed, first and foremost, to secure liberty.  Through a system of limited Government and checks and balances, the Constitution limits the ability of the State to become an obstacle to human flourishing, while simultaneously enabling the State to serve order, protect rights, and provide public goods.

Since taking office, I have nominated two Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States who have exhibited a proven commitment to the Constitution.  I have also nominated and the Senate has confirmed 150 other Federal lower court judges who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and the laws of our Nation.  With appropriate respect for the genius of the Framers and in accordance with the rule of law, our Nation’s Federal judges should always strive to interpret our laws, including our Constitution as written, regardless of any political or policy preferences they may hold in their capacity as citizens.

The drafters of our Constitution were committed not to a king or Government but to a belief in the promise of America as a free and prosperous society.  To fulfill that promise, they designed a Government and a Constitution that could withstand the inevitable demagoguery, passions, and exigencies that would seek to unmake us as a people.  And though the durability of our Constitution has been tested through crises and wars, it has endured.  Today and throughout this week, we recognize the magnitude of the Constitution and the unparalleled success of the system of Government it helped create.

The Congress, by joint resolution of February 29, 1952 (36 U.S.C. 106), designated September 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” and by joint resolution of August 2, 1956 (36 U.S.C. 108), requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2019, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and September 17, 2019, through September 23, 2019, as Constitution Week.  On this day and during this week, we celebrate the citizens and the Constitution that have made America the greatest Nation this world has ever known.  In doing so, we recommit ourselves to the enduring principles of the Constitution and thereby ‘secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.'”

The signers of the document came from different walks of life, and were not always agreed on its contents. But ultimately they forged ahead together, bringing a document that has kept our nation strong for 232 years.

You can read about each signer at the following links from ConstitutionDay.com:

Baldwin, Abraham, GA

Bassett, Richard, DE

Bedford, Gunning, Jr., DE

Blair, John, VA

Blount, William, NC

Brearley, David, NJ

Broom, Jacob, DE

Butler, Pierce, SC

Carroll, Daniel, MD

Clymer, George, PA

Dayton, Jonathan, NJ

Dickinson, John, DE

Few, William, GA

Fitzsimons, Thomas, PA

Franklin, Benjamin, PA

Gilman, Nicholas, NH

Gorham, Nathaniel, MA

Hamilton, Alexander, NY

Ingersoll, Jared, PA

Jefferson, Thomas, VA

Jenifer, Daniel St Thomas, MD

Johnson, William Samuel, CT

King, Rufus, MA

Langdon, John, NH

Livingston, William, NJ

Madison, James, VA

McHenry, James, MD

Mifflin, Thomas, PA

Morris, Gouverneur, PA

Morris, Robert, PA

Paterson, William, NJ

Pinckney, C. Cotesworth, SC

Pinckney, Charles, SC

Read, George, DE

Rutledge, John, SC

Sherman, Roger, CT

Spaight, Richard Dobbs, NC

Washington, George, VA

Williamson, Hugh, NC

Wilson, James, PA

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