Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thursday, Sept. 17: E Plebnista Day 2009! (AKA "Constitution Day")

In celebration of that remarkable document, a true beacon for human freedom through ordered liberty, and limited government, we present an eclectic mix of video.

First, for the Trekies... er..Trekers, a dramatic reading of the preamble by one named "Kirk" from Star Trek, the Original Series' episode "The Omega Glory"




Exit question for 'one named Kirk':

Here Me! Here This!

What exactly is "domestic tronquility" anyway?

And for those of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s, the "Schoolhouse Rock" version:



Next up, in our cavalcade of Constitutional entertainments we have a little something for those that prefer bizzare alternate history "It's a Wonderful Life" type films. Consider what would happen if there were no Federal Government, with this clip.  Ah. Yes, the heady days of the Articles of Confederation, presented with a dash of German Expressionism and a pinch the 1950s era educational film genre some of us remember from our youth:



Keeping within the pedagogical-tech-of-the-past genre behold something called a "film-strip" complete with the beeps to let you know when to turn the frame-advance wheel. A history of the developments that led to our Constitution, along with some advocacy for something called the "liberty amendment." This is circa 1965. Low tech but good. Brings back memories eh?



For those that prefer to read, Yale presents a complete documentary collection leading from Magna Carta, to ratification of the U.S. Constitution. It can be found HERE.

Last, Take a Constitution Day QUIZ