Since Donald Trump’s election as president-elect of the United States, there has been a spike in interest in the United States Constitution. Below are just a few examples.
As someone who has devoted her career to promoting constitutional literacy, I hope the discussions on and commitment to studying and preserving the U.S. Constitution continue on not only this week or even throughout Trump’s administration, but in perpetuity. Because, as Thomas Jefferson famously said: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
(1) Last night on her television show, Samantha Bee called for instruction on the U.S. Constitution in schoolscalled for instruction on the U.S. Constitution in schools.
(2) Retiring Senator Barbara Milkuski said “We need to start with civility, start with the Constitution, and I think we’ll be ok.”
(3) Rolling Stone published an article by Bridgette Dunlap titled, Let’s Talk About the Constitution – After Trump’s Win, We’re Going to Need It.
(4) Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School published an column in Bloomberg titled The Constitution is Built to Protect the Losers.
(5) Garrett Epps at the Atlantic discusses why he thinks “Donald Trump Has Broken the Constitution.”
(6) FiveThirtyEight Blog has a post on why people hate the Constitution’s electoral college and why it’s almost impossible to abolish (spoiler: it’s hard to amend the Constitution).
And the list goes on…
Google Trends shows an increase in searches on the United States Constitution in the last week, especially over the last few days.
Here’s a map showing interest by state. The states with the greatest interest in the Constitution over the last week are: South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Alabama, and my home state of Virginia.
In the last 24 hours, Amazon.com saw a 48% increase in Pocket Constitution sales.
I’ve also received a large number of requests for pocket Constitutions and saw an uptick in web traffic to my non-profit’s website at http://www.ConSource.org.
Additionally, a number of individuals have approached me about how they can become involved in the movement to promote constitutional literacy nationwide. Email me at Julie.Silverbrook@consource.org if you’re interested in getting involved in some of ConSource’s existing programs or have a program idea of your own. Please also consider donating today! Your contribution can help us educate citizens of all ages about the U.S. Constitution and its history.