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What does OUR Constitution mean to YOU?

I am envisioning this blog as a way for Americans of all types to explain in their own words what the United States Constitution means to them. Is there a particular amendment that has special meaning to you? Have you experienced a time when you feel your rights under our Constitution have been infringed upon? Or have you been fortunate enough to have a triumph under one of our many Constitutional rights?

This forum is meant for the average American...I want us to share our thoughts, not those of the courts.

Dissent to comments posted is welcome, please, keep it civil, intelligent, and if at all possible, pithy.



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