Tuesday, October 13, 2009
So I happened to be at a train station near my home in suburban Philadelphia, and saw a sign for the new exhibit at the National Constitution Center downtown, fittingly located just a couple of blocks from Independence Hall.
Meaning no disrespect whatsoever to Princess Diana (I would happily have, er, escorted her to an event in this country, or enjoyed meeting her on a ski lift in the Alps), but why would a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution ignore the spirit of the last part of Article I, Section 9 of that document (regarding "Title of Nobility") to honor a late member of the British royal family?
Is it me, or does something seem a tad askew here, or is this simply a case of a relatively new museum trying to draw crowds by having an exhibit about a major international titled celebrity? And if it is the latter, why not have an exhibit about Princess Grace -- at least she was a Philadelphia native. Better yet, have exhibits that bring to life the meaning of particular clauses of the the Constitution, showing how the language is directly relevant to the present day. I hope we have not reached the point where such an exhibit would be considered too divisive.