For a More Perfect Union

I am past weary with those who venerate the U.S. Constitution without reading it.

Written and adopted in 1787, the document was intended, among other things, to form a more perfect union, establish justice, promote the general welfare and secure for us “the blessings of liberty.”

But tucked into the fine print was Article I, Section 9:

“The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.”

The Constitution, in all its perfection, while claiming to establish justice, the general welfare and liberty, also guaranteed the existence of the slave trade for twenty (20) more years. For an entire generation, slave traders could import men and women into the United States, for sale to the highest bidder, with no interference from the U.S. Congress.

And to make it more disgusting, the framers of the Constitution reserved the right to raise revenue for the federal government on the slave trade, to levy a tax of up to $10 on each “Person” imported – not only condoning and protecting the trade, but keeping their options open should the government itself choose to profit from it.

Enshrined in our Constitution is a clause that enabled white men to become rich, while people of color suffered and died in bondage. One need not wonder why some Conservatives express such love for the document, and find themselves of one mind with the Founding Fathers.


One comment

  1. Brief and to the point.

    It needs saying and I applaud you!

    Derek “Doc” Kaill

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