Happy Birthday Constitution! Americans Still Don't Get You
Just 225 years ago today, New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States. In doing so, the total number of ratifying states rose to nine, which made the document the law of the land. (Yes, we know, "Constitution Day," is generally accepted to be September 17, the date on which the Constitutional Convention delegates signed off on the final document before sending to the states.)
Since then, theoretically, the American people have had some time to get to know the laws upon which this nation stands, right? In 2011, the University of Pennsylvania conducted a survey to see how familiar Americans were with their legal foundations. The results were, well ... we'll just have to study harder for the next survey. Surveys are like pop quizzes right? And pop quizzes are hardly ever fair. Actually, the answers aren't all that depressing. Ninety percent of us know what the Supreme Court is! Decidedly fewer, however, know what it does.