Did you know that today is a federal holiday? Neither did I, until my partner, the graduate student, got this email:
Well what do you know?
A miniscule amount of research turned up the information that the date marks the occasion in 1787 when members of the Constitutional Convention signed off on their handiwork. The holiday was the brainchild of Senator Robert Byrd. It explicitly does not call for granting time off to government employees, but does require that schools teach the Constitution.
Presumably Byrd, in his persona of traditionalist wise elder, intended by legislating this date to comment on our present rulers' evident disdain for our governing document.
My partner's institution picked up that ball and ran with it, telling her:
What have we come to when recalling the Bill of Rights is a subversive activity? Apparently it is.