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"so-called founders"?? I can't believe this man is president...
I think he's using so-called in a different sense than we're used to. Nobody is officially named the "Founders" or "Founding Fathers." In an academic piece, you might want to indicate it as such.Anyway, I don't think you have to see the Constitution as perfect in order to be President. We've amended it 27 times. Our creed is to form a "more prefect" union. Assuming that the Constitution is without flaw does seem kind of silly to me.
It scares me to think that someone could find my college papers...I think people could make the case that I was clinically insane from some of them.
Of course the Constitution is not without flaw. But to say it "fitted [Americans] with the shackles of hypocrisy" is just absurd.
Andre, this quote was taken out of context, so he may have said earlier that in fact the founding began with the Reformation, Enlightenment, etc, and the true founders were the thinkers responsible for the American political philosophy (Locke, Hume, et al).I don't think one can dispute that the people we call the 'Founding Fathers' were in practice responsible for the formation of the country. He may have just been pointing out that others were responsible for the ideas of the founding.
The original Constitution did a lot of great things but saying that it had its hypocrisies--slavery was the greatest, but there are arguments made for others--I don't think is really out of bounds.
Maybe not, but he didn't just say it 'had hypocrisies.' I don't have to quote him again. Just read it.
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