Posts Tagged ‘government’


constitutionIn 1787, the U.S. Constitution was drafted by members of the Constitutional Convention, as led by James Madison. On September 15, 1787, as the convention wound down, a man named Jacob Shallus, who was a clerk for the Pennsylvania State Assembly, set about committing it to "final form." He did so by hand, with pen and ink, as was standard for the time. Shallus did a "fine job" inscribing the more than 4,000 words across four large sheets of parchment paper, as the National Archives states, but that’s not to say Shallus didn’t make errors, or that further errors weren’t made by others who had a hand in its signing and amendment. Some were substantive. Some were grammatical. Some may or may not involve a little of both:

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us_knows_about_youIn 1967, Stephen Stills sang the words "Paranoia strikes deep, Into your life it will creep," in the hit song "For What It’s Worth," which he penned for the band Buffalo Springfield. More than 50 years later, it’s no stretch to feel the same sentiment when considering how much information is readily available about practically everyone on the planet. Somewhere there is documentation of things even (especially!) your mother doesn’t know from where you drove when you were supposed to be at work or school, to the image depicted in that cheeky little tattoo that seemed like such a great idea at the time.

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