Not widely known or celebrated, September 17 is Constitution Day. Today we commemorate the vision and courage of the 39 men who established the legal framework of a new nation that, so far, has lasted 227 years. The Constitution that those men adopted remains the foundation of our legal system. For that we owe them a debt of gratitude, and the obligation to protect and preserve the Constitution so that future generations can benefit from it, just as we have.
Lest you think that the Constitution does not affect you, consider the thoughts from this post from The Legal Examiner dealing with the effect of so-called “tort reform” and mandatory arbitration of innumerable kinds of everyday commercial disputes on the Constitution's 7th Amendment guarantee of trial by jury. Individuals and small businesses stand to lose the most from encroachments on the right of trial by jury. So on this Constitution Day, take a moment to think about the things that the Constitution does for you as an individual and a business person. Politicians, judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officers swear to protect and defend the Constitution. It is no less the obligation of all of us, who carry the treasured title of Citizen, to do our part as well.