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Letter: Perfection is a moving target

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In 1787, a group of patriots who would become known as our founding fathers created a document that established our government and its relationship with its people. Several years later (1791), this group added 10 inalienable rights of its citizens, known as the Bill of Rights.

This is a great time to be an American, or is it? Originalists like Justice Scalia, a great man, thought so, and so do many who spout the founders as reasons why our Constitution is cast in stone. Even great men can be wrong.

In the late 1700s and 1800s, many issues by today’s standards had not been addressed. If you were a person of color, the Constitution meant nothing. It was the white man’s law and the white man created their own rules for you. After all, you were his property. This starts to get corrected in 1865 (13th Amendment) and will take nearly a hundred years to correct most of it.

As a female in early America, the Constitution meant about as much to you as you...

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