Friday, April 18, 2008

I've gotta agree with Julian Sanchez on this:
The day isn’t over, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict that this is the stupidest thing I will read today. I’m not actually sure what it would mean to “strike” text that has already been nullified by subsequent amendments—pull out the original sheepskin and take a sharpie to it? Bonus points for the common but historically obtuse invocation of the 3/5 compromise.
I must say that the continual lamentation over the 3/5 compromise is one of my political pet peeves. It's as if these people never stop to think that, had slaves been considered "whole" persons for representational purposes, the slave states would have been far more powerful in Congress, which would almost certainly have led to worse outcomes for the slaves.

And the guy wants to propose a constitutional amendment to apologize for slavery. The Constitution of the United States of America is not the appropriate forum for an apology. It is the foundational law of the US, and its purpose is to delineate the scope and powers of the US government. It is not some scribbling to be rewritten for the sole purpose of assuaging centuries-old grievances. Bah... idiot.

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