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  •  Keep historical perspective. The Consitution was, (2+ / 0-)
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    penguins4peace, Ahianne

    flawed and incomplete bas it was, an improvment on previous (specifically 18th Century British) voting limitations. As was said in the movie 1776:

    Edward Rutledge: [In the final vote for Independence, Rutledge wants the slavery clause removed from the Declaration, or else he will vote against independence] Well, Mr. Adams?
    John Adams: Well, Mr. Rutledge.
    Edward Rutledge: [stands] Mr. Adams, you must believe that I will do what I promised to do.
    John Adams: [stands and approaches him] What is it you want, Rutledge?
    Edward Rutledge: Remove the offending passage from your Declaration.
    John Adams: If we did that, we would be guilty of what we ourselves are rebelling against.
    Edward Rutledge: Nevertheless... remove it, or South Carolina will bury, now and forever, your dream of independence.
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin: John? I beg you consider what you're doing.
    John Adams: Mark me, Franklin... if we give in on this issue, posterity will never forgive us.
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin: That's probably true, but we won't hear a thing, we'll be long gone. Besides, what would posterity think we were? Demi-gods? We're men, no more no less, trying to get a nation started against greater odds than a more generous God would have allowed. First things first, John. Independence; America. If we don't secure that, what difference will the rest make?

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