So, does your institution commemorate “Constitution Week” in any way since Senator Byrd was able to pass a law requiring it? (Is that even constitutional?) At my institution we do have a ceremony every year. Typically, we honor the Constitution by asking a speaker to come and discuss a relevant constitutional issue. For instance, last fall, we had a speaker come and discuss the implications of Arizona’s Immigration law. Previously, we’ve had political cartoonist Mike Luckovich speak about 1st Amendment issues. I very much enjoy this annual chance to stop and reflect on the meaning of the Constitution today. Certainly, as a political scientist, I place a great deal of importance on emphasizing civic education, but can we mandate such behavior? Is it meaningful to force feed democracy to unmotivated citizens? Are their ways to make disengaged and disenfranchised citizens care more about the political process?
That being said, isn’t there some politically active group out there rallying under the slogan “Don’t Tread On Me!” that would surely want to stop any such state sponsored indoctrination? Man, we should figure out who that group is and let them know about this so they can stop it…right?