Never in my life has the 4th of July meant more to me than it does this year. Why? Because I genuinely feel that our rights as American citizens are in peril by what is going on in our current government. We are facing a serious crisis in this country. We are under siege, both as a people and as individuals. Our rights are being threatened. The environment is being threatened. The future of those coming after us is being threatened. We have people in power hell-bent on stripping us down to our skivvies while they make millions in profit.
But none of this is news. And you've certainly heard me rant about this before. But today I'm not here to rant and rave about our federal government. Today I'm posing a challenge... to YOU.
When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution? Seriously! Have you ever read it? Can you remember the last time? It was probably in school.
One of my stops was the National Archive Museum, specifically the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. This permanent exhibit houses The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. You can't touch them, of course, but you can read them. I didn't expect to spend much time there (think Chevy Chase checking out the Grand Canyon in National Lampoon's Vacation), but as I started looking at these documents, drafted and signed so many years ago, I found myself moved to the point of tears. I ended up going back to the beginning of the exhibit and reading every word.
I can honestly say, it changed how I felt about my country and my role in it, spurring me to go from bystander to active participant.
So my summer challenge to you is to read the Constitution. And I'll even make it easy on you.
Here is the full text of the Constitution of the United States.