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FHU Observes Constitution Day

Henderson, Tenn. - Sep 17, 2015

Freed-Hardeman University hosted its annual program in recognition of Constitution Day Thursday, September 17, in the Crews-Colbert Activities Center. More than 50 students and guests attended the panel discussion of the current constitutional “crisis” in America.

The program was presented by the Department of History, Philosophy and Political Studies and the Honors College. Faculty serving as panel members were Dr. Jim Gardner, Dr. Jenny Johnson, Dr. Stephen Morris, Dr. Kippy Myers and Cory Markum.

The discussion centered on challenges to the legitimacy of the United States’ system of government arising out of the failure of all three branches of the federal government to resolve controversial issues (gay marriage, immigration, etc.) within the framework established by the Constitution. “For example,” Morris said, “Congress routinely delegates unpopular choices to the bureaucracy, the President bypasses Congress with executive orders, and the Supreme Court rewrites the Constitution at will.”

“Every time they cheat, the rule of law suffers,” Gardner said.

The panel also discussed what steps might be taken to deal with these challenges, including the possibility of an Article V convention. 

September 17 was designated as “Citizenship Day” in 1952, and, since 1956, September 17 - 23 has been designated as “Constitution Week.” Since 2004, September 17 has been designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution and recognizes all those who have become citizens. This year marked 228 years since the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia.

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