By Richard Russell
I spent the weekend as an amateur, reading the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the USA. I was surprised. The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” My question: what was the attitude of the signers towards blacks? How did this fit with the concept of slavery? Then I noted that most of the Declaration of Independence is a litany of complaints about Britain. The signers of the Declaration were almost apologizing in case after case for cutting themselves off from Britain.
Then I turned to the Constitution, and to its second amendment. It reads, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
I know there were many arguments over the second amendment. But the way it seems ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.