[QUOTE=crasherino;2843599]He didn't refer to the Constitution as a "flawed document". In fact, he actually referred to it as [B]"a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now." [/B]
He said that the Constitution "reflected a fundamental flaw of this country...."
in not addressing the issue of slavery.[/QUOTE]
Thank you for correcting me. Just goes to show you that you can not believe everything you read. I am reminded not simply to repeat what I read, but to search for the truth. I still have concerns regarding his desire to have Supreme Court judges who have more empath to the poor, minority, disadvantage, etc.. Cases should be decided on the merits, not on the status of the paerties invovlved.
But like I've said in other threads, even though I did not vote for BO my greatest desire is that he is a wonderful success and governs from the center.
[QUOTE]Barack Obama, what are your thoughts on the Declaration and Constitution?”
“I-I-I think it’s a remarkable document –“ he began haltingly.
“Which one?” Helfrich interjected.
“The original Constitution as well as the Civil War Amendments,” he replied. “But I think it is an imperfect document, and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture, the Colonial culture nascent at that time.
“African-Americans were not -- first of all they weren’t African-Americans -- the Africans at the time were not considered as part of the polity that was of concern to the Framers. I think that as Richard said it was a ‘nagging problem’ in the same way that these days we might think of environmental issues, or some other problem where you have to balance cost-benefits, as opposed to seeing it as a moral problem involving persons of moral worth.
“And in that sense,” Obama continued, “I think we can say that the Constitution reflected an enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and that the Framers had that same blind spot. I don’t think the two views are contradictory, to say that it was a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now, and to say that it also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.”
Obama did not elaborate on the “fundamental flaw” that persists.[/QUOTE]