31 December 2010

Ezra Klein and Auld Lang Syne
A Toast: To that OLD Friend of Ours - The Constitution!

Tonight, upon the stroke of midnight Central Time, I shall raise my glass and briefly break out in song with Auld Lang Syne in dedication to the United States Constitution and the Founding Fathers who labored with the aid of Divine Providence to put it together.

Font Type "Old"- written on parchment. That's old, too.
 This is cool, and I'm going to watch it: Next week, prompted by the shifting of power resulting from the historic 11/2/10 elections, the House of Representatives will do something that has never been done before in its 221-year history - They will read the United States Constitution aloud.

So Blogger Ezra Klein suggests that "the Constitution has no binding power on anything." And that "it's confusing" because (OMG!) "it's over 100 years old."  

So OLD he turned to stone!

ADD Moment: If Mr. Klein had, say, a grandmother that is over 100 years old, would he say she's confusing?  Or,  how about the Gettysburg Address? Is that confusing too, cause it's actually 145 years old!  Can you imagine what Klein thinks of the Magna Carta?  Now that thing's ANCIENT! And I guess I should throw in the Pythagorean Theorem.  That one is so ancient I don't even use it.

So here's another oldie (but goodie!) for Mr. Klein, circa 1788 Scotland:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne!  

What an OLD painting!
In 1789, a man by the name of Robert Burns, and is set to the tune of a traditional folk song. With artistic license in a changing of the lyrics a bit, it is similar to a version of a poem by James Watson, Old Long Syne, written in 1711. ¹ 
Burns' song begins by posing a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten.  

The rhetorical answer is of course, "I think not."  You know what it said about forgetting history and all that.

Auld lang syne literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning "old long since" or "long, long ago.'

History, documents, and all the words and even names and titles that go along with them all have meaning that withstand the test of time.  For example, the name Klein, from the German or Yiddish, is a descriptive surname often bestowed on someone of short or petite stature; but the word itself means "title."the name Ezra (which is a cool name, actually) it at least 6,000 years old.  But it's meaning isn't lost on me just for it's age. In Hebrew, it means "help."  Much like the reading of the Constitution aloud might just do- this could help us, title and all (poor pun intended).  Seriously, though. God help us all.

So don't miss the read-aloud.  Make it a read-along with the whole family.
What a great way to start off the New Year!  Happy 2011! 

(Not the Original Gadsden Flag. That one was OLD! From 1775!)

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