Consider the following quote:
“Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people (Negroes) are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government.” – Abraham Lincoln
The former sentence is inscribed on the Lincoln monument in Washington; the latter, omitted.
Moreover, consider MLK, Jr.’s policies [of transcendentalism advocating civil disobedience], which had violent ends to achieve the means of [black power]. These ends were not explicitly mentioned by King himself, but obfuscated by moralistic platitudes of ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ etc. The civil rights propaganda was a feint, the entire movement has been a futile struggle for dominance of blacks (and by extension our many foreign immigrants) against whites (as well as women pitted against [white] men).
Lastly, the Constitution, as underscored in the Dred Scott decision, was established based on the principle of relative equality for all citizens. That is to say, equality for all white propertied men who were considered the foundations and indeed, constituent parts of the whole of the republic. Slaves were property and womenfolk were considered dependent as well as children at the time (therefore, these had no right to vote as that would have polarized the political process into endlessly competing haves and have nots).
That being said, much of academia today views the Constitution through a relativistic lens such that these documents are seen as a Faustian Bargain. Indeed, they are a compromise or political solution for lack of better means to achieve social organisation, and hence to achieve the benefits involved in such organization. If you asked an academic or group of legal scholars in a think tank to ‘rewrite’ the Founding Documents, they would most certainly tell you the papers are irreducibly complex and masterful in their domain. That we can only hope to maintain the best of what we’ve got and that reconstructing the same would be akin to remaking the wheel.
I disagree. But this is going to take a long time to carry out…
Just a thought.