Dingell Speaks at Constitution Day

BY SASCHA RAIYN, News Editor

Student Government hosted a Constitution Day event on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to commemorate the creation of what Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson called “a document that changed the course of history.”

Johnson opened the event with a video welcome.

”Constitution Day is a good opportunity to reflect on how we can continue to build on the strength and opportunity of American democracy,” Johnson said.

(Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
(Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

Former Congressman John Dingell was the speaker for the event. Dingell served as a Representative to the U.S. Congress from December of 1955 until January 2015, the longest House term in history.

Dingell said most of us can agree upon the important principles the Constitution is built upon.

“It needs very little in the way of perfection,” Dingell said. “Accepting it needs a lot in the way of perfection of the people who serve.”

“So you should keep your eye on the folks that you elect to see that the system does what it should in terms of serving the people that it is supposed to be serving.“

“I think it was pretty interesting,” said Muhammed Ali Mojaradi, a freshman economy major.

Mojaradi said he felt that there wasn’t much room from hard-hitting political discussion at the event.

“I overall liked what he had to say,” Mojaradi said.

Daniel Merian, the director of enrollment, research and analysis for the university, stayed after the event to meet Dingell. He said he came because of the unique perspective and knowledge Dingell can offer.

“To think that someone had served for six decades,” Merian said. “I mean our nation has experienced a vast amount of history within those six decades.”

(Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
(Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

“For [UM-Dearborn] to have an individual like that to be available to speak in classrooms and speak to student groups is something that we should be continuously thinking about in terms of how can we make sure we learn as much as possible while he’s on our campus,” Merian said.

 

Dingell said he hopes students will vote, run for office and be politically active in their communities.

“I’m going to be leaving this world in a very short time,” Dingell told the audience. “And this Constitution and this world is going to be yours.”