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Radio Smart Talk: The Constitution at 225 -- what don't you know about it?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 14, 2012 12:00 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, September 17:

constitution.jpgOn September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed at the State House in Philadelphia. Two-hundred-twenty-five years later, the document is the basis for the principles of our government and on which laws of the land are measured. The Bill of Rights, originally made up of 10 amendments, was added in 1791.

Alison Young, Vice President of External Affairs for the National Constitution Center, will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to answer questions about the document's history and how it came to be.

For example, historians really don't know who wrote the text of the Constitution. It was probably a collaboration of delegates but it's believed that Gouvernour Morris of Pennsylvania probably contributed the most. Also, 39 delegates signed the document on September 17, but three refused. The Constitution doesn't give rights to Americans -- it guarantees them.

One of the most important and frequently asked questions is whether the Constitution is still relevant in today's digital age. In fact, this particular question was the subject of a recent National Constitution Center/Associated Press poll. That should make for a spirited discussion on Monday's program.

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Comments: 2

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-09-17 08:28

    E-mail from Lee:

    "I hear a lot of people say that, 'we aren't following the Constitution!'. Aren't we, by definition, following it since the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of that question? Are these people just saying that it doesn't fit THEIR picture of what the country should be doing or the government should be allowed to do?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-09-17 08:30

    E-mail from Manuel:

    "Is it true that Pennsylvania is misspelled in the handwritten constitution?

    Why are there so many “Briticized” words such as HONOUR instead of HONOR used in it?

    In light of the current brouhaha in the muslim world, how does the issue of freedom of speech come into play with regards to the protected rights of the maker of this movie?

    Is it true that there were those in the Constitutional Convention believed that the setup established by the US Constitution would give too much power to the wealthy, and in light of today… do you feel they were right?

    Is it true that Benjamin Franklin, the only person signing BOTH the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution, required assistance to sign the Constitution, and wept over the document?"

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