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.