Happy Constitution Day!

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Happy Constitution Day! 

This lesser known holiday is just about as exciting to the ACLU as our birthday or New Year’s Eve, as it’s the day we get to highlight what we’re most passionate about and what we fight to defend on your behalf each and every day – the Constitution. 

The Constitution is the very foundation of our nation. It’s the document that secures the freedoms we enjoy every day, including our right to free speech, expression, and religion, from government meddling. It sets the criteria for the balance of powers in our government and the underpinnings of our democracy. 

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United Sates Constitution. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

To celebrate this special day this year, we enlisted the help of our very special ACLU Ambassadors. These celebrities love the Constitution so much, they talk about it all the time.

Check out the below video of our ambassadors’ mashup of the Preamble of the Constitution and learn more about the ACLU Ambassador Project.

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Read the full Constitution and know your rights.

Text of the Preamble to the Constitution

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 Make sure no one leaves home without their rights, pick up one of our Pocket Constitutions.

CORRECTION: The original piece included an editing comment that didn't reflect the author's opinion and has been removed. 

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A good document. Too bad it isn't followed. What about the feel up and Soviet style searches by TSA workers at airports? How about those checkpoints against people driving to and from work so they can pay the salaries of all these various lawpersons? Both flagrantly unconstitutional. There was good security on airlines before TSA and people flew commercially since the 1920s. The Constitution is a nice document but only good if you can use it. Otherwise it is the stuff of legends or just a piece of paper, as one popular leader put it.

Matt Culbertson

I for one would like our privacy rights to be protected as they are in the constitution. I think if more people understood how the Ninth amendment functions then they would be more concerned about causally giving away rights that are not explicitly written down. In a way common law has the potential to shrink or expand our constitutional rights under the ninth amendment, so why don't we try harder to prevent undue shrinkage?

Vince Silva

as a viet nam veteran.. im appalled : the " no knock" warrant is still in use..the founding fathers knew the face of tyranny.. allowing the police to enter,, under any circumstances .. w/ o a warrant.. is tantamount to having British soldiers kick in your door...the guise of national security is over used,, the fear of terrorism cant be used to erode the rights we have ,, the courts can not be allowed to turn our country.. into a tyrannical state run by the police. please .. find a way to fight this .. i did not go fight a foreign war so that MY country could become a tyrannous state.

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