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  •  Obviously, that slaves were counted at all was (5+ / 0-)

    pro-slavery.

    This is not a bloodless process. — Barack Obama, at the launch of the Hamilton Project....

    by Alexandre on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:07:02 AM PDT

    •  Pro-slavery (4+ / 0-)

      1) There is a reason the 3/5 clause is referred to as a compromise.
      2) There is a reason that the 3/5 clause refers to "three-fifths of all other persons," and not to "slaves."
      3) There is a reason that the term slavery never once occurs in the Constitution and is instead replaced by deliberately vague alternative terms.
      4) There is a reason that, along with that clause, an end to slave importation was written into the same document.

      To call the Constitution pro-slavery shows a fundamental misunderstanding of both its principles and its politics. Bending to political reality while awaiting a riper time is not tantamount to support of what you actually oppose.

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