Constitution Day Is Sept. 17

Sept. 17, the day the remaining delegates to the Philadelphia Convention signed the Constitution in 1787, is known as Constitution Day.

Prof. Stephen Wirls of Rhodes′ Department of Political Science has published a guest column titled “Rule of Law Fundamental to Constitution” in The Commercial Appeal.

“The U.S. House of Representatives this summer authorized House Speaker John Boehner to sue the president for violating the U.S. Constitution’s provisions for separation of powers. Whether or not the suit is brought, we should explore the merits of those serious charges,” writes Wirls. “At stake is a constitutional principle of the highest order: the rule of law. All of the founders of the United States affirmed that this principle in particular distinguishes free government from despotism and tyranny.”

Prof. Daniel Cullen of Rhodes’ Department of Political Science also has published a commentary titled “Time to Truly Observe Constitution Day” in The Tennessean.