The gift shop of The Constitution Center is a fascinating place. The action figure presidents Conrad speaks of are 18" tall & talk when you press their chests. Some come w/ accessories. For instance, GW comes w/ a pair of cowboy boots emblazoned w/ the presidential seal. When his chest is pressed, actual recordings of maybe twenty different declaratory phrases fill the gift shop. I kept pressing until I heard them all- much to the annoyance of the gift shop employees. (Sorry, people- I just had to!) My favorite: "You're either with us or against us." In the midst of a far-flung war for profit coordinated by an evangelical regime, I'm not sure who "us" is.
They also sell Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States
on the first table you see upon entry. There's a subversive shop worker in the Constitution Center. Subversive like Franklin. Subversive like Paine.
- Frank Sherlock