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Carrot juice for the body and the Constitution for the body politic.

That’s the approach at Bay Ridge’s Appletree Natural Foods shop, which, in the spirit of the presidential primary season, has set aside an entire window for a gigantic display of our nation’s founding document.

It’s more than good business — it’s about saving America.

“There’ll be plenty of time to sell food. But with the primaries going on, now’s the time for people to think about what really makes our country great,” said David Runyon, who has owned the Third Avenue health-food store for 12 years.

Like the rest of the country, Bay Ridge has its share of supporters of one candidate or another.

There is a lively “Bay Ridge for Obama” group, while Bob Capano’s Young Republicans support Rudy Guiliani.

There are even Ron Paul supporters.

But little is heard about the actual founding principles of our land. According to constitutioncenter.org, a third of all Americans don’t even know how many branches there are in the federal government (it’s three, of course — though many of us in the press are hoping for a promotion!).

Runyon says that ignorance of the basics makes it unlikely that voters will make wise choices. At the very least, he said, he hopes that the Constitution in the window of his shop, which is between 79th and 80th streets, will get people talking.

And so far, it might be working.

“What he’s doing is awesome,” added Chris Byrne, a 22-year-old college student and part-time bartender at the Pour House, which is down the street from Appletree. “More people need to remember what America is really about.”

Updated 4:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Cathal Brugha from Bay Ridge says:
Chris Byrne is the ultimate patriot!
Jan. 17, 2008, 8:20 pm
Jefferson from Bay Ridge says:
Chris Byrne knows that from time to time it is necessary for a patriot to refresh the tree of liberty with a pint of Guinness.
Jan. 17, 2008, 10:35 pm
Matthew Lysiak from Bay Ridge says:
Chris Byrne is a champions champion who can teach this borough a thing or two about civics!
Jan. 17, 2008, 11:06 pm
Cobra from Bay Ridge says:
Chris Byrne will make you stronger.
Jan. 18, 2008, 8:40 am
Bobby Fischer from Iceland says:
Chris Byrne is better at this than I've ever been at anything in my life.
Jan. 18, 2008, 8:58 am
Ethan from Formerly Park Slope/Gowanus says:
Of, by, and FOR the people... In order to form a more perfect union... The sooner we get back to these ideals, the better off our country will be. Thanks David for reminding us what makes our country great, we all need that from time to time imho!
Jan. 18, 2008, 10:03 am
Bill Brasky from Bay Ridge says:
Did you know that Chris Byrne is the godfather to my son?!

YEP, CHRIS BYRNE... shows up to Church in GOLF PANTS, CAKED IN MUD... anyway... he done pushes the priest aside and says "I'LL BAPTIZE THAT lil piece of Calamrie!"

"He then pours scotch all over my son and says: THERE, YER BAPTIZED!"

TO CHRIS BYRNE! A 7ft tall, 3 ton SOB!
Jan. 19, 2008, 10:16 am
Carl Besson from Floral Park says:
This Byrne kid sure seems popular. No wonder the United States Water Polo team has selected him to captain their squad for the upcoming Olympic games that will be held in Beijing this summer.

Congratulations to you, Chris, and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Jan. 19, 2008, 6:11 pm
Frank Dooley from Bay Ridge says:
Chris Byrne will tell you where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, but you bring your own shovel.
Jan. 20, 2008, 10:30 am
VITO DA WOP!!! from BENSONHOIST!!! says:
AYO!!! CHRIS BURN IS MAD COOL YO!! HE ONCE TOOK MY SISTER THERESA OUT FOR DINNER AT SPUMONI GARDENS BUT HE MADE HER TAKE THE BUS BACK HOME BY HERSELF WHEN HE FOUND SOME OTHER CHICK THERE THAT HE KNEW WTF!!!
Jan. 23, 2008, 11:18 am
Vinnie Antonelli from Number 1, Happy Street says:
aeyyyyyy, Chris - what was that drink you made the night Mary got shot? I think it was a Bloody Mary!
Jan. 24, 2008, 10:30 am

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