I rarely mention the insanity of "The View". Truly, if I blogged all of their crazy talk, I'd never get a chance to blog anything else. Whoopi Goldberg's recent comment to John Mccain, however, requires a response.
Whoopi: Can you just, and I don't want to misinterpret what you're saying, did you say you wanted strict Constitutionalists because that, that...
McCain: No I want people who'll interpret the Constitution of the United States the way our Founding Fathers envisioned for them to do...
Whoopi: Should I be worried about being a slave, returned to slavery, because certain things happened [in] the Constitution that you had to change.
I've heard tell that Whoopi was homeschooled. However she was educated, she is a poor reflection upon her teacher. The United States Constitution never made anyone a slave.
I would expect every American to have a basic grasp of the Constitution; apparently, Whoopi does not.
It boggles my mind that people voice their opinions on national politics and (sometimes) vote, yet lack an elementary understanding of the foundation of their nation.
Even if Whoopi never learned about the Constitution in school, she could at least follow the advice of her predecessor, Rosie O'Donnell, and google it. Subsequently, Whoopi would read these words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
With a bit more googling, she would find out that similar phrasing in the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 was used sucessfully in Brom and Bett vs. Ashley in 1790 to win freedom for Mum Bett, later known as Elizabeth Freeman.
She would also discover that it was the Dred Scott decision of the U. S. Supreme Court which denied all Americans freedom. Had the U.S. Supreme Court been made of strict Constitutionists in 1857, we might have been spared the death and destruction of the Civil War.
And while we're on the topic of slavery and the Civil War, the Civil War was fought to preserve the Union - not to end slavery. The South seceded because they did not want States' Rights to be infringed upon. My dear Mr. Lincoln, founder of the Republican Party, hated slavery, but loved the Union more. That is why he waited until January of 1863 to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which only freed slaves in states not currently under Union control. It was a late in the game bid to create havoc in the Confederacy. Quite smart, he was.
A modern example of encroachment upon States' Rights is the unconstitutional Federal Department of Education. Education falls under the jurisdiction of each state, not the Federal Government.
Finally, I think if Whoopi were to do some googling, she would find that she cannot be returned to slavery. She's never been a slave, just played one.