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A Missed Opportunity

The first tactical error from the Republican majority in the 112th Congress:

The version read aloud was missing at least seven passages that remain etched in faded ink on the Constitution kept at the National Archives. Most are eye-glazing: procedures for electing senators, the workings of the electoral college.

But two, in particular, reflect a painful reality: The nation’s founding document condoned slavery.

I think they should’ve been read-by a white Republican-followed by letting either Rep. West or Rep. Tim Scott read the 13th and 14th Amendments. Why?We on the right talk a lot about being the Party of Lincoln and the Republican efforts to end slavery…when we don’t want to be seen as racists or to cover for something stupid. But given a chance to drive the point home, on national TV (or at least CSPAN)…nothing.

Plus, the 3/5ths Compromise speaks to our Founding Fathers’ fallability. We don’t talk about that a lot, but they were human. Many of them owned slaves. By no stretch were they perfect, despite the reverence we hold them in today. It would’ve been a prefect opportunity to stand up and say “you know, we’re not a perfect nation. Sometimes we’ve gotten it wrong, and there’s no guarantee that we won’t ‘get it wrong’ again. But, given time, our history shows that when those wrongs are made, we do correct them.”

If we’re to ever to move beyond race being a stumbling point-one that trips all of us up from time to time, it has to begin by talking about it, and acknowledging the not-so-great parts of our past. There’s nothing wrong with that, so far as the record shows that either we’ve fixed those parts in some way, or we’re working on it.

Bad move, guys.




Written by Coby Dillard

January 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

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  1. Quote: Plus, the 3/5ths Compromise speaks to our Founding Fathers’ infallability. Unquote

    Coby Dillard, you meant “fallibility.” Divine revelation is infallible. Humans are fallible.


    James H Shewmaker

    January 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

  2. You’re right; I did….a sign not to rush things.

    Coby Dillard

    January 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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