Saturday :: Oct 9, 2004

Open Thread

by Mary

What did you think of the debate? I thought Bush's incoherent answer about the Dred Scott decision and how the constitution didn't say that people were personal property was weird.

Another example would be the Dred Scott case, which is where judges, years ago, said that the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights.

That's a personal opinion. That's not what the Constitution says. The Constitution of the United States says we're all -- you know, it doesn't say that. It doesn't speak to the equality of America.

Wow. Did Bush miss the part of the original constitution that made slaves 3/5's of a person for the purposes of the census (and the number of representatives and delegates a state might have)? The line in the constitution which took a civil war before we could correct it via the 14th amendment?

The 14th Amendment ensured that all citizens of all states enjoyed not only rights on the federal level, but on the state level, too. It removed the three-fifths counting of slaves in the census.

I guess the history Bush had in school didn't get into these details.

It's your topic choice now.

Mary :: 12:22 AM :: Comments (27) :: Digg It!