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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/19/2005

The Blessings of Liberty

By Anne Kenderdine

With all the buzz about Talk Like a Pirate Day, I wondered if the first-ever Constitution Day might be overshadowed. And perhaps it already has been, since Constitution Day was Saturday (September 17 was the day the Constitution was signed in 1787).

Constitution Day also faced a tough rival, coming the day before the Emmy Awards. That is, if you believe the lament of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), who has said that most Americans spend more time watching "Desperate Housewives" than reading the Constitution.

But of all cities, Washington, D.C. is an easy place to celebrate. Saturday was just a reminder that you can see all four pages of the original Constitution 364 days a year at the National Archives.

The Archives is hosting several special programs this week, including a panel discussion about blogs and how they could be affected by interpretations of the first amendment (which includes free speech and freedom of the press).

-- Anne

By Anne Kenderdine  | September 19, 2005; 11:06 AM ET
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