General Discussion, Saturday, March 4, 2023

This day, 1789. The first session of the U.S. Congress is held in New York City as the U.S. Constitution takes effect.

On September 17, 1787, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the new U.S. Constitution, creating a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of 41 delegates to the convention.

As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. The Constitution was thus sent to the state legislatures, and beginning on December 7, five states—Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut—ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document for its failure to reserve powers not delegated by the Constitution to the states and its lack of constitutional protection for such basic political rights as freedom of speech, religion, and the press, and the right to bear arms.

In February 1788, a compromise was reached in which Massachusetts and other states agreed to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would immediately be adopted. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, making it binding, and government under the U.S. Constitution was scheduled to begin on March 4, 1789.

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33 Responses to General Discussion, Saturday, March 4, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    4th March 1789: US Constitution goes into effect as first Congress meets

    Transcripts of our Founding Documents….

    The Constitution of the United States of America

    The Bill of Rights

    The Declaration of Independence

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  2. Lucille says:

    Have a blessed Saturday, Stellars!

    Beautiful places to visit….

    California coastline near San Diego…

    “Seven Colored Earths” geological formation, Chamarel, Mauritius Island…

    Norman Lykes House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Phoenix, Arizona…

    Tofino Bay, Vancouver Island, Canada…

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    • czarina33 says:

      Never seen any of these, not even the San Diego coast view. Just some beaches.

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      • Lucille says:

        I’m not positive re the San Diego photo description since there was no caption under the image. It was posted, however, by the San Diego Zoo with a notation that it was the California coast. It definitely looks like the southern California coast and could be a scene anywhere south of Los Angeles County.

        Funny aside: whenever I write “southern California”, my computer spell-check tries to change it to “Southern California.” One thing I remember from grammar school is that “southern” when connected to “California” is never capitalized because it’s a geographical designation and not part of the state’s name. Now if it is “Alta California” or “Baja California”, then that’s different because Mexico does capitalize those. The moral of the story: occasionally we are smarter or at least better educated than our computer programming.

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  3. geoffg12 says:

    I visited “Falling Waters” house southwest of Pittsburgh, PA back in the early 70s.
    Very good tour. Magnificent house, and the furniture was to die for.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  5. czarina33 says:

    Mornin all ya’all! Gonna be a great day.

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  6. texan59 says:

    Finally! Kelly and Conway to split the sheets. Kellyanne and George Conway to divorce. Good riddance!

    FTA – “D.C’s weirdest marriage is over.” No kidding.

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  7. texan59 says:

    Coffee’s up, kids. Grab a cup and sit a spell. Good mornin’, all.

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  8. texan59 says:

    This headline wins the interwebz today! “Kenosha Quickdraw Champion Sued by Runner-up!”

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  9. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. It is still over 0* so not too bad. The sky is clear blue and it is very bright outside. Have housework to do today, That is about all.

    Hope everyone is ok after those storms that went across.

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    • czarina33 says:

      We got a dash of rain and no real wind. Still got all of March and April for “spring storms” including repeats of New Orleans’ recent tornadoes.

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  10. Stella says:

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  11. The Tundra PA says:

    Good day, Stellar friends and Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race fans! Today is the Ceremonial Start of the race in downtown Anchorage, and it is a gorgeous day. Clear blue skies, recent fresh snow and snappy cold temps (-4*) make for a perfect Alaska day. The next 10 days will be full of dogs and excitement for me. I’m happy to share details and running commentary if anyone wants a little diversion from politics (something I need lately). I’m following 4 mushers this year, all of whom I know personally: Pete Kaiser from Bethel, former Iditarod champ; Bridgette Watkins, daughter of our friends Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore (both now retired); Mike Williams, Jr. from Aniak; and Jesse Royer from Seeley Lake, Montana. The “for-real” race starts tomorrow afternoon. Happy day, all!

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