Constitution Week

Pictured: (back) Ellen Randolph, Mindy Manners, Julia Skelton, Ashley Barton, and Emma Milam

(front) Layla Randolph with Mayor Bill Pruitt

Members of Broken Arrow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutions met with Mayor Bill Pruitt for the signing of a Proclamation declaring Sep. 17-23 as Constitution Week in the city of Pell City.

September 17 through 23 commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. You might have heard the phrase, “That’s unconstitutional” or “That’s my constitutional right!” Many times Americans believe that sayings and phases are in our Constitution, but they are not.

Did you know that nowhere in the Constitution does it say, “It’s a free country”? Amendment 1 of the Constitution does NOT include the “freedom of expression” but over time it has been ruled to include limits to freedom of speech/press/assembly for defamation perjury, contempt of court, hate speech, size of public demonstrations, trade secrets, noise pollution, classified information and treason.

Our Constitution, the cornerstone of our freedoms, was written to protect every American from the abuse of power by government. The Fifth Amendment states that “no person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” and it protects us from double jeopardy and incrimination. However, the phrases “innocent until proven guilty´ and “presumption of innocence” are not found in the 5th amendment nor in any part of the Constitution. These phrases are derived from English law and are part of our system and considered common law today.

Let us celebrate Constitution Week by resolving to be better-informed and responsible citizens. Know your Constitution, know your rights, and know what it says and does not say. Read the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Currently, Broken Arrow Chapter NSDAR is promoting sponsorships of wreaths for Wreaths Across America at St. Clair Memorial Gardens. This event will take place December 19, 2020 at St. Clair Memorial Gardens. Wreaths are sponsored at $15 each.

If you are interested in joining Broken Arrow Chapter NSDAR or in participating in any of the activities, contact Mrs. Mindy Manners at mindy.manners@yahoo.com.

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