September 17 is Constitution Day in the United States of America. The blessings of liberty. A more perfect Union. You know, those rather remarkable ideals.
This year marks the 230th anniversary of that famous original signing.
In 2017, oddly enough, the time seems ripe to revisit that venerable document, given that justice, freedom and the rest of those tropes have been, to put it mildly, under siege lately.
In the year of its publication, 2005, David Catrow‘s picture book rendition of the Preamble, We the Kids, seemed mildly amusing. Today, the satirical pointer of its cartoon-style illustration, combined with the actual words of the Preamble, sheds a light on very current events. Its small domestic picture book scope can be turned onto what we hear in the daily news. It seems weirdly prescient.
The question is, of course, are enough grownups worrying?