SIDNEY — If Kendric DeLong ever needs to stimulate conversation — or debate — in his social science classrooms at Montcalm Community College (MCC), all he needs to do is bring up the subject of the U.S. Constitution.
“When they were drafting the Constitution, our founding fathers knew the country wasn’t going to always be like it was in 1777, so they left the document deliberately couched, leaving things in general terms so that it can be adapted, which are things we debate today,” DeLong said.
For the fourth consecutive year, DeLong will be hosting a lecture and luncheon on Constitution Day, which is Monday, breaking down each part of the Constitution, how it works and why it is considered one of the greatest of all documents ever drafted in the world.
The lecture, which is open to the public, is from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building at MCC’s Sidney campus. Lunch is free for students with a current MCC ID and $2 for all others. The event is hosted by MCC’s Culture and Travel Club.
“The fact that the founders seemed to really understand both the best and worst of human nature and understand what we were capable of at both ends and create a structure that allowed both ideals, to allow us to achieve higher ideals but also anticipate the worst, that’s what makes the Constitution great. It was deliberately drafted to not be cut and dry so we can make adjustments.”
Like his classes, DeLong, who has been with MCC for 36 years, said his lecture isn’t so much a lecture as it is an interactive discussion. He hopes to discuss similar debates and topics that the 55 delegates, representing 12 states, had when drafting the Constitution 225 years ago.
“The disagreements and agreements of the Constitution, especially after the Bill of Rights was completed later, is my favorite thing about the Constitution,” DeLong said. “The importance of the Bill of Rights and how it was important to complete those series of acts, even after the Constitution was drafted, it was approved by all of the states. And with the First Amendment and everything related to the freedom of expression, those are all fundamental.”
Those who would like to attend do not need to register or call ahead.