In this video, Douglas Brinkley points out that the Founding Fathers were not gods, not omnipotent – a point they made often in their own writings. ABC’s John Donovan says women were not given the right to vote and slavery did not end. While that is true, it is important to note that the framers were representing their individual states. There was no monarchy to deem slavery be abolished, and one goal was to restrict voting rights to land owners. It is impractical to think a body could come together to form a government and abolish, immediately, slave trade/labor which had been a fact of this planet’s life since the Roman Empire – unless they were gods – which they were not.
Numerous Founders wanted desperately to abolish slavery, and stood firmly and vocally against slave states, but as we know today, talk of “compromise” is greatly overrated. There was no compromise to be had without the threat of Southern states forming their own Nation.
While the shocking fact that Colonists, and later the United States of America, would accept the enslavement of a human being, it is almost as shocking that the males who were enslaved received the right to vote, from the slavers, long before the wives and daughters of the slavers. The fact is, the Founders, who were not gods, did not give the right to vote to their own wives and daughters.
While the Civil War eventually brought the right to vote to male slaves, it is well known that the South subverted that right for years.
In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment gave the right to vote to any 21-year-old male, regardless of race, property ownership or position in society.
In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment, gave the right to vote to to anyone of any race, color or condition of servitude – except women of any color.
In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment declared the right to vote cannot be denied because of gender, and so the wives and daughters of the Founders finally receive the sacred right to vote – 50 years after the male slave, generally meaning a Black man.
From my point of view as a woman, I’m offended by the reality that a person of other ethnicity and gender, no matter that ethnicity, was higher in the eyes of some Founders than his own wife, but the fact remains that the Founders gave us the beginning of an astonishingly free life in America, still yet not duplicated elsewhere, and without them, we would be the other Europe across the pond.
At the time of the Declaration of Independence was written, the words “all men are created equal,” was not a fact, but it did become fact. Without those words, it’s doubtful we would be the country we are today. Having the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is an “unalienable right,” but friends, you have to make it happen, and I, nor any American, is responsible for making it happen for you.
Brinkley says the Constitution is intended to be “elastic,” meant to be “pulled and bent.” The Constitution can be changed and amended, but not by Democrat fiat. Brinkley, an “historian,” and Donovan are tired old political hacks trying to be pertinent in a world of Liberal ignorance. It’s time to get over it and acknowledge that all things came together for the good of the American people, as well as for people around the world. The Founders, who were not gods, but who most believed in The God, did a mighty work for us.