The first way to celebrate Constitution Day is to read the Constitution. It is less than 8,000 words and is relevant today. The second way to celebrate is to buy yourself (and others) a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Seriously. It is really cool to have your own. What Christian doesn’t have a Bible or Muslim a Quran? Well, the Constitution is the bible of our Government, and our government affects everything we do–from taxes, to when we can have sex, to what function our government has over us, to (and most importantly) what limits our government has and what rights we have.
So, like the good Examiner that I am, I have a pocket-sized Constitution to recommend. A DC area Social Studies teacher wrote a pocket-sized translation of the U.S. Constitution. You get the 1787 words of the Constitution on one side and the broken down version on the opposite page.
The book, in other words. . . The U.S. Constitution for Regular Folks is on sale at the National Museum of American History (and on his website). It is a side-by-side translation of the U.S. Constitution into words that we use, you know, us regular folks. What makes this Constitution better than the rest?
- It’s only $4.99, and at the Museum of American History it’s tax free! C’mon!
- The writer is a social studies teacher and has been teaching history and government for close to a decade. Therefore, his translation offers a realistic translation into words that are real to us. Most translations are written by academics who have never had the pleasure of breaking down these concepts to classrooms of non-believers.
- The author is also the only person in history to have memorized the entire Constitution and recited it from memory (in public) including all 27 amendments!
- Lastly, this translation, without changing the meaning, includes the true meaning of the Constitution. For instance, did you know that the body of the U.S. Constitution (not including the Amendments) does not mention the word “slave” or “slaves”? Yet, they are somehow mentioned at the beginning of the document and close to the end, when the Constitution forbids an Amendment that alters the agreement to allow the slave trade until 1808. So, the author of in other words. . . The U.S. Constitution for Regular Folks substitutes the word “slave” where the Constitution uses “such persons.” Also, the word “women” or “woman” is not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution although the 19th Amendment, in 1920, gave women, specifically, the right to vote. That is the only thing the Amendment was about. So, this author substitutes the word “women” for the word “sex” in his translation. There’s no way to miss the meaning with this translation.
in other words . . . The U.S. Constitution for Regular Folks is not an interpretation of the Constitution. It is a translation of 1787 legalese into readable American English.
The author of the book is an area public school teacher who writes in his spare time. If you cannot visit the National Museum of American History today, go to his website and purchase a copy. If you buy it from his website, he’ll sign it for you! It ships within 24 hours.
How is that for a shameless plug?
Happy Reading and Happy Constitution Day!