David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States who is known in some circles as the “Collector in Chief”, has thrown down a challenge. In anticipation of Constitution Day (which is Monday), he’s asking you—yes you—to show up the Founding Fathers and make the 52-word Preamble tweetable. Can you turn 52 words into 140 characters and still retain the essence of the work?
Should you choose to accept this challenge and tell poor ole Gouverneur Morris (the forgotten Founding Father who is considered the author of many parts of the Constitution, including the Preamble) that anything he can do you can do better—or at least shorter—the clock is running. You have until Monday. Tweet as many entries as you want—just remember to include the hashtag #preamble. The Collector in Chief will choose a winner on Monday. In addition to a pocket-sized Constitution from the Foundation for the National Archives, the winner will have bragging rights. To my knowledge, those bragging rights will not be limited to 140 characters or less.