Barack Obama is in the chorus of liberal Democrats who continually oppose strict constructionists who want to honor the original intent of the Constitution instead of seeing it as a “living, breathing document” that takes on the cultural nuances of the day. It is not surprising though that they still hold that view of the Constitution after more than 100 years of applying their own interpretations to very clear and concise Amendments to the Constitution. It is surprising though, that a black man, who wants to be president, would buy into that position since it was the politically motivated interpretations of the Constitution that prevented total and complete racial integration. And ironically, the penumbra of equal protection, that was opposed on its face by Democrats to allow blacks equal access to all benefits of American citizenship, is the very foundation of the legal process of abortion, which finds 40% of its victims being black babies.
Ironically, as we remember the heroic, historic stance that Rosa Parks took against institutionalized racism, we have to unravel the reasons as to why she was forced to object to being considered less than equal to the white men and women on the bus. And that ball of yarn rolls right to the feet of the Democratic Party.
In 1868 the 14th Amendment was passed giving equal rights to all citizens regardless of race. It states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The Republicans in congress passed it unanimously while not one single Democrat voted for it. This was the case with every other civil rights bill passed in the 1800s. By 1875, ten years after the end of the war to abolish slavery, almost two dozen civil rights laws were passed by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.
By 1892, when the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House, they began to repeal all of the Civil Rights laws and the Supreme Court chose to ignore the 14th Amendment and saw the Constitution as a “living breathing document” that reflected their racists, segregationists views. In 1896 they ruled in Plessey v. Ferguson that equal didn’t necessarily mean that blacks and whites should share in the same things at the same time, and that institutionalized segregation was acceptable despite the fact that the 14th Amendment was clear that it wasn’t. This ruling was overturned almost 60 years later in Brown v. Board of Education. The Democrat’s response to this was to issue the Southern Manefesto which repudiated this ruling. It was signed by 100 Democrats from the House and Senate . . . but not one Republican signed it.
But it wasn’t only the 14th Amendment that the Supreme Court and the Democratic controlled congress ignored. The 15th Amendment, which passed in 1870, giving blacks the right to vote was passed by 100% of Republicans in Congress, and again, not one single Democrat supported it. It wasn’t very difficult to understand what their position was on the issue of blacks voting, or being equal members in society. But, as with the equal protection Amendment to the Constitution, they chose to ignore and reinterpret that ruling. They determined that blacks could vote IF, they could pass literacy tests, pay poll taxes, dance on one leg while reciting the Crispin Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V. Anything to make sure that blacks could not vote. And why didn’t Democrats want blacks to vote? Well, could it be because they voted almost unanimously for the party of Lincoln . . .the party that was founded specifically to abolish slavery . . . the Republican Party? If blacks were voting equally in both parties, the southern Democrats would never have instituted the Jim Crow laws because that would have disenfranchised their constituents. Instead, they worked to disenfranchise every black vote because they were voting 100% for Republicans who had risked their lives to not only free them, but ensure equal partnership in the American experience.
So we have seen what happens when the original intent of the Constitution is transformed into a document that suits the whims and desires of one class of people to totally oppress another. And, that perfect illustration was played out when Rosa Parks, who was denied a strict constructionist view of the original intent of the 14th Amendment, was forced to reject that ruling, make her voice known, and ignite a revolution that would never have been necessary if one party had not held to its views that the Constitution is a “living, breathing document” to be interpreted by the whims and nuances of the day. Unfortunately, that is how Barack Obama sees the Constitution today, and how he would select judicial candidates to sit on every court in the land, including the Supreme Court.
He has one of the most radical voting records in the Senate on the issue of abortion and sees nothing wrong with the debauchery of killing a baby that has been partially delivered and then held in the vaginal canal to be murdered before the head is out. This of course is a deadly procedure for women to endure and in the days before modern medicine, this “breach birth” was one of the main causes of death for many women who could not endure the trauma to their system. Supporting not only laws, but unconstitutional interpretations of the law, shows his total disrespect for viable human beings, one second from birth, and the lives of women who are forced to endure this traumatic and sometimes fatal torture. He would not only work to keep these unconstitutional laws on the books, but would enforce their strength by appointing judges who approve of this debauchery, very much like Democrats 100 years ago appointed judges who ignored the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and allowed blacks to be, symbolically, aborted from a functioning society.
Barack does not seem to care that 40% of the abortions in America are performed on black women resulting in a virtual genocide of blacks in the country. Because of his callous position on this issue, and his fervent desire to protect the right of a woman to be exploited, abused and even killed by these methods, he has declared that he will appoint judges who feel the same way he does. This is in spite of the fact that every single Republican judicial nomination goes through a gauntlet of impossible, improbable questions that point blank, ask how they would vote on a case that would involve abortion, and if they would work to overturn Roe v. Wade. If they do not adhere to the liberal position on abortion, they can usually not even make it out of committee, and if they do make it out, they lose to a Democrat majority.
With Barack as president, with a Democrat controlled house and senate, it is a certainty that pro-abortion judges will be appointed. Liberal judges, like Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who have been waiting for a Barack to be elected before retiring, will usher in a new generation of people who ignore the original intent of the Constitution which is to protect the lives of all citizens, born and unborn, and provide for the right to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
And even after seeing the incredible harm, destroyed lives, and divided nation that this type of thinking has caused, Barack Obama, and the majority of Democrats in congress, still hold to the flawed belief today, that the Constitution is open to interpretation based on their current political agenda. If they had not worked so hard to misinterpret the Constitution for almost 150 years, we would have had many black presidents by now, and all the racial issues that exist in the country today would be stories in history books but never experienced by citizens today.
Barack has already chosen to belong to the party of Jim Crow and segregation, but could redeem himself by rejecting their views and positions on genocide for black children, and abuse of black women. But since it is evident he won’t, it is important that he does not rise to a position where he can do even more harm than he has already.