read the constitution

Okay let’s talk about this painting. It’s called “Signing of the Constitution” by Howard Chandler Christy.

Let’s start with good old George Washington.

He’s staring dramatically into the distance with this heavenly glow thing going on.

William Blount is just looking longingly at Washington, like he’s desperate to confess his love.

Then Gunning Bedford, Jr. is down here on the floor like a weirdo.

George Read looks like he shit his pants and doesn’t know what to do.

Gouverneur Morris looks pissed. Also, it’s important that you know that Gouverneur was his first name, not his title.

William Jackson is obviously just asking for another drink. He can’t be bothered to pay attention to this historic event.

Roger Sherman is giving William Samuel Johnson some serious side-eye. Throwing some shade ‘bout some shit.

And my personal favorite: Ben Franklin looking directly at the camera like he’s Jim from The Office.

Probably because fucking Alexander Hamilton is all up in his personal space.

The Framers [of the Constitution] were cynical about the future of democracy. They studied failed democracies like Greece and Rome. They read Demosthenes. They designed a Constitution on the assumption that democracy might well deteriorate into demagoguery, and they created these complicated systems in order to filter the will of the people from being directly expressed. So all of these new media technologies – the idea of presidents tweeting directly to the people would’ve appalled [James] Madison, who thought direct communication between representatives and the people was the main potential source of tyranny, to be avoided. All of these filtering mechanisms are being undermined by technology, by reforms over the years, by the growing populist forces that are sweeping the world, and maintaining these Madisonian values in the face of these populist forces is something that liberals and conservatives increasingly should converge around.
—  Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center, with Terry Gross
The pleasure of recognizing that one may have to undergo the same realizations, write the same notes in the margin, return to the same themes in one’s work, relearn the same emotional truths, write the same book over and over again—not because one is stupid or obstinate or incapable of change, but because such revisitations constitute a life.
—  Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
Hamilton Characters as things my friends have said
  • Hamilton: "I'm gonna do something stupid now back tf up"
  • Aaron: "If anyone says pass the salt one more goddamn time I'm sliding down this table!"
  • Lafayette: "I swear to lord I will get my family on you if you don't back up"
  • Hercules: "HORSES ARE GREAT MKAY DONT TALK TO ME IF YOU DISAGREE"
  • John: "This is all so gay but that's fine"
  • King George: "Hello I have entered you may now applaud"
  • Jefferson: "BOI IM BOUTA FLAME YOUR PEPPERONI LOOKING HEAD"
  • Maddison: "Okay I'm going to backflip into death now bye"
  • Washington: "I is daddy"
  • Maria: "I mean I could kiss him but I'm secretly gay so yeah"
  • Peggy: "who?"
  • Eliza: *setting fire to pictures of them and their ex* "BURN B**CH"
  • Angelica: *violently shaking computer* "NO BILLY RAY I'M NOT HERE FOR YOU"
  • Samuel: "Read the constitution binch issa free country"
  • Philip: "My mom is pushing me so hard to play piano, okay but if she says I'm playing it wrong again iM TEARING THIS SHEET MUSIC RN"
  • Charles Lee: "SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEE"
What are your rights at a protest?

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Citizen activism is as American as apple pie. Whether you call it a protest, a parade, a tea party, a town hall, a march, a sit-in, a patriotic rally, a picket line, a free speech event, or a nonviolent demonstration, your right to stand up peacefully for what you believe in is protected by the US Constitution. Read the  First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

To learn how to turn protest into powerful change, watch this TED-Ed Lesson.

Ready to exercise your constitutionally protected right to protest? Before you go, know your rights. Below, read an excerpt from the American Civil Liberties Union guidelines for protestors. [For a pdf of the full ACLU ‘Know Your Rights’ guidelines for protestors, click here.]

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Can someone in Washington D.C. actually read the Constitution, so we can impeach President Trump already? Maybe focus on the emoluments clause…

We Can Impeach Donald Trump At Any Time

Denmark/Norway - June 5th

I’m in the midst of exams, but I had to write a silly little something for Denmark’s birthday! Glædelig grundlovsdag, Danmark!

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“What exactly do you want for your birthday?” It was the question Norway threw at him one late Wednesday, pressed against him on the sofa with his head against the other nation’s thigh. He was stroking the seam of Denmark’s jeans- and, nose buried in his book and reading glasses perched on the bridge of his nose, Denmark didn’t hesitate to reply.

“Contact lenses.”

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Interviews

So Jason’s on an interview once, bc he’s Bruce Wayne’s kid and all, and he gets asked about why he thinks what he thinks about Trump and this is what he says:

“Well, before I say anything else, for all of you who are mad that I was shit talking the president, I want to point out that I did the reading, and according to the constitution it’s my right to call Trump a dick because all the first ammendment says it that I can’t threaten his life. I can destroy his self-esteem all I want. But I digress.
“You guys know that Bruce adopted me, took me off the streets. What you don’t know is that before that, I grew up in the worst part of Gotham - Crime Alley. Crime Alley like if you took all the crime in Gotham and Bludhaven, and threw it into one really long alleyway, and there’s still more crime than that. Growing up, my dad was god knows where, and my mom was an addict. I spent more time on the streets than anywhere else. Living in crime alley allowed me to see the worst in humanity. I’d seen people who did unspeakable things, drug dealers on every corner. But the thing is, there weren’t just criminals there. There were kids and teenagers, people barely older or younger than I was, and they were homeless. They were all drug addicts, abuse victims, homeless children and adults,?part of the lgbt community, teen parents, people suffering from mental illnesses, and more. They were my friends. But the way people looked at them was horrible. I saw how they were treated. People would walk by, hurrying down the streets, turning their heads away or spitting at them or making them feel inhuman. It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen.
"Some of these people didn’t make it. They died of starvation, hypothermia, disease… some ended their own lives. I watched one of them stab themself, because of the way people were treating them. They’d been kicked out of their home, just because they weren’t a straight, cis kid like their parents wanted. It’s so, so messed up. And that’s why I hate Trump. I see the way he looks at, talks to, and talks about LGBT people, women, everyone. I see how racist and horrible he is and he reminds me of the way people treated the Crime Alley kids. How they looked at me differently, because I was basically homeless and because I didn’t have the privilege they do. I don’t understand how people can be so fucking blind. There are people out there who have killed themselves over the way Trump and everyone like him treats them. That’s fucked up. That’s so fucked up. So I am so fucking sorry, Mr. President, if I hurt your feelings here. But I don’t give a SHIT what you think. You’re a total dick, and I hope that someday you’ll realize that, but let’s be honest: you won’t, because you’re too busy throwing hissy fits when you don’t get want you want handed to you on a silver fucking platter. Fuck you. I’m done with this interview.” He walks out after, pissed off and twenty minutes later Red Hood’s killed three more rapists.

(There was half an hour left in the interview, too, and it was being aired live)

20.1.16 Doing some bullet journal planning and uni reading today on the constitutional framework in France from my shiny new textbook. Can’t wait to start French Public Law in the new semester next week! (French nerd alert)

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  “Maybe we all need to read the Constitution again. There has never been a better use of pen to paper.” - Dale Hansen, WFAA