Missing: Constitutional Content

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The tens of thousands of Americans who traveled to Washington over the weekend to protest profligate government spending didn’t just exercise their constitutional right to peacefully assemble and ask that wrongs be set right.

Taxpayers and voters also demonstrated a healthy understanding that the Constitution is on their side.  “We want our freedom back,” Gary Brown, 53, of Greer, S.C., told The Washington Times. “The Constitution is the law of the land. We don’t need lawyers to interpret it. Get out of our lives.”

Terri Hall, 45, of Starke, Fla., told USA Today that hundreds of billions in new spending by President Barack Obama and Congress compelled her to get politically active. “Our government has lost sight of the powers they were granted,” she said.

Such reminders over the weekend from everyday people, taking a stand for liberty outside the U.S. Capitol, were particularly apt. They came just before too-little-celebrated Constitution Day, marked Thursday by events  at Heritage and elsewhere.