On The Mark Levin Show, the host read a quote from a 1987 speech by Justice Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African-American Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who was appointed by LBJ in 1967 and served until 1991:
“I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever fixed at the Philadelphia Convention, nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and a momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.”
“They could not have imagined nor would they have accepted that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court to which would be appointed a woman and the descendant of an African slave. We the people no longer enslave, but the credit does not belong to the framers. It belongs to those who refuse to acquiesce that outdated notions of liberty, justice, and equality and whose strived to better them.”
Levin rants that “it’s an outrageous cherry-picking of American history’ because Marshall leaves out the Declaration of Independence that Abraham Lincoln repeatedly cited.
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“[The framers] knew full well that they couldn’t solve the issue of slavery at the Constitutional Convention. That it would be resolved by their children and their grandchildren. No nation founded on unalienable rights could survive slavery.”
(h/t: CNS News)
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