Depends on which foot the reductionist lands -
Yours is a male foot and therefore you benefit from the Constitution --
The Bill of Rights didn't include an Equal Rights Amendment for females --
Nor did it deliver Africans here from slavery and genocide --
Nor Native Americans here from enslavement and genocide.--
Nor did it give anyone but propertied males the vote --
. . . at the time it was written, that is --
How long did it take to end the system of slavery -- a few hundred years --
plus another 100 years of Segregation.
Amendments to the Bill of Rights could not reduce the pain, suffering, evil
under which so many lived.
Native Americans where they survive are still subjected to betrayal and theft,
violence by the US government --
We still have members of Congress dedicated to taking anything whatsoever
the Native American has --
Females are still waiting for an ERA --
And African-Americans continue to be abused in every way possible with what
seems to be approval of our government, courts -
They continue to be denied education - employment -- appropriate housing -
quality foods. They are herded from their schools almost directly into our
prisons which have been counter-reformed to provide for cruel punishment rather
than rehabilitation. They tell us of torture in our prisons -- and isolation reaching
a level of torture. It seems that every effort is also made by our government to
create as much difficulty as possible for their families to visit them and/or to
give them emotional support and comfort.
Conquerors do not deliver anyone to a "promised land" -- and we are still in the
same gene pool today.
This is a different history from that taught in our schools -- or that acclaimed
by our leaders and press without a blush.