September 17th is Constitution Day, the day we commemorate the signing of our fundamental law in 1787. In honor of this day, Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will be delivering the Seventh Annual Robert E. Henderson Constitution Day Lecture entitled: The Judiciary: having "neither Force nor Will, but merely judgement"? The lecture will be at 7:30 pm this evening in The Ashbrook Center. If you are in the area, please come by for what promises to be a very timely discussion, and if you are not, you may listen live via the Internet here.
For those wishing to learn more about Judge Batchelder, Christopher Flannery wrote an excellent article
about her for NRO,
and our own Peter Schramm describes her as "the judge Bush should get to know" here.
But why not take advantage of Constitution Day to learn a bit more about the document itself, as well? The National Endowment for the Humanities web site is featuring an interactive version of the famous Howard Chandler Christy painting of the signing of the Constitution, which version was designed by Professor Gordon Lloyd for our Teaching American History web site. Go ahead, click on the picture and see how many of the signers you actually can name.
Judge Batchelder would be a fine choice to fill Justice OConnors seat. The President should give her a serious look.
It would be great if we still had a Constitution.
I mean, one that our government was actually required to adhere to.
That sure would be nice, wouldnt it?