We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” words of the Preamble which introduce the Constitution. This constitution formed the nation’s government, on September 17,1787. This coming September will be the 225th Anniversary.
One of the citizens of Morgan County, Lydia Nuttall has taken it to heart to recognize and educate the community about this occasion. Introduced in an article of the Morgan County News, on Dec 23,2011 and in Morgan City’s Corner, MCN on Jan. 6, 2012 it states: “Families and community members in Morgan County will have an opportunity to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America in a unique way in 2012. Morgan City is sponsoring twelve “Forgotten American Family Night Stories” one story per month during 2012, that will be printed on the back of an 8 1/2 x11 patriotic picture representing the story theme of the month.”
The themes and stories are:
Jan.- The Star Spangled Banner- Appreciation for Our Flag and Our National Anthem
Feb. The Statue of Liberty - What Does Liberty Mean to Us? Mar.- Ellis Island- Why Did People from Other Countries Come to America? Apr. -Ellis Island (Part II) - Why did YOUR Ancestors Come to America? May-The 1st Amendment to the Constitution- Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition June ~ The Revolutionary War- Preparation for the Constitution, July- Forgotten Stories of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Aug. - Principles of the Constitution- ‘In Order to Form a More Perfect Union’
Sept.- September 17th, 1787- Birthday of the Constitution! Preserving Its Principles
Oct.- Preserving the Principles of the Constitution (Part II) Nov.- Forgotten Stories of the Pilgrims- The Lessons and Legacy They Left Us, Dec.- Forgotten American Christmas Stories- Valley Forge and the Crossing of the Delaware
Why is she doing this? This goes back to when her father, was in the military, as a youth she seen first hand what socialism and communism can do to society. While stationed in Germany. Her family traveled to East Germany by train she remembered, the shades were drawn covering the train windows, when they got to East Berlin, her mother pointed out how the dress shops didn’t have much of a window displays. Then the high wired fences, the wall, the tanks and landmines, wasn’t to keep us out it was to keep people in. They had felt and saw Communism, it controlled everything.
“The Berlin Wall and the Concentration Camps are examples of power unchecked, results of World War I or II, slowly accepting what is will ruin the American Spirit. We have been the breadbasket of the world with our free market economy. Free market economy allows us to make a profit. Our form of government allows us do what we want to do( within the guidelines of the law).” stated Lydia.
The first 100 years, since the constitution was implemented, in 1887, we were less than 6% of the world population and we produced better than 50% of total world production, she quoted from a book, National Center of Constitutional Studies, “the Making of America.”
“I have a drive or a thirst to know more information to be able to make the best decision for my children.” she explained.
Mrs.Nuttall’s quest for knowledge simply started with a question: “what is being taught in the schools her children attend?” To find the answer, she began attending Morgan School Board Meetings, which she has attended frequently, since 2008. She said,”I needed to be more aware of what they are teaching, when it comes down to my individual child.”
Both the Morgan County Board of Education and the Utah State Board of Education meetings are open to the public. On every board’s agenda is a block of time set aside for “citizen participation”. The meeting times are posted and can be found online.
During one of the state board meetings, last fall, the topic of the Constitution’s 225th Anniversary was on the agenda.
Lydia started to research and found, “We have a unique form of government, constitutional based which considered human nature when it was formed. Other governments’ constitutions have no regard to human nature.”
“We don’t realize how blessed we are and what we have . . .we don’t understand how our constitution fully protects our freedoms,” said Mrs Nuttall.
“How do we know what we have?” Over this past summer she checked out the history and social studies and government related textbooks at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels to see how much the students are learning about the Preamble; the Constitution; the Declaration of Independence, and the Amendments. Many of the text books only give a part, or quote from the Constitution, or Declaration of Independence, Preamble, and the Admentments. For example in one 11th grade text book the Preamble is quoted in full; the Constitution is not quoted in text, found in reference section; the Declaration of Independence is quoted twice, and the Amendments were found in reference section. This was a similar pattern in most of the grades and text books. Valid teachings of these important documents of our country were left out.
When Mrs.Nuttall read in the Morgan County News Sept 16, 2011, issue about the “I Love America Program” performed at Mountain Green Elementary and the Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs Jensen that organized the music, she pointed out that these students were not even born when 9/11 happened, “ only a fourth of the students knew about September 11th”.
This really caught Mrs.Nuttall’s attention. Ten years had passed and some of those students DIDN’T KNOW the history about the attack on the nation, until it came time to honor the heroes of then and now.
She said that “education of the constitution has been diluted,” over time this has happened. She mentioned our educators, “do mean well but we and our choices are only as good as the information we are given.”
She continued “We should be raising our kids with more knowledge than I had,(referring to the constitution)if they are going to do better.”
“A primary object, should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” a quote of George Washington from the National Center Constitutional Studies.
In celebrating of the anniversary America’s Constitution, she hopes to strengthen the interest with the “Forgotten American Family Night Stories” with a different theme will be presented. “We have had an overwhelming response and support from the community and the businesses throughout the county.”
Look for the American Flag and counter display pocket that can be found throughout the county at the following locations:
Morgan City; Morgan County Offices; Morgan County Library; Morgan County Newspaper; Morgan County School District Office; 1st Bank of Morgan; 1st Bank of Mountain Green; ACE Hardware; Barber Brothers Ford; Bingham Meats; Deb’s Spicy Pie; Hind’s Quick Stop; Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn; LiquiFaction Cafe’; Lone Tree Fitness; Morgan Academy of Dance; Morgan Elementary School; Mtn Green Elementary School; Morgan Middle School; Morgan High School; Morgan Drug & Gift; Morgan Post Office; Mtn Green Dental; Nebco( Texaco); Parkside Lanes; Ridley’s Family Market; Steph’s and Wally’s Automotive.
*Someone once said” the United States constitution is unique in the fact that it tells the government what they can’t do. This differs from every other constitution in the world because their constitutions tell the citizens what they can do, and there are no limits on what the government can’t do.”
Though this project is being sponsored by Morgan City, volunteers are still needed to carry this through, if interested contact Shelly Betz, city council member at 801-829-3461 or Lydia Nuttall, activity coordinator at 801-876-3112.
The stories, themes, and family activities can be viewed on both the Morgan City and Morgan County websites: www.morgancityut.com and www.morgan-county.net