The Founders had to compromise on slavery in order to bring the Southern states into the Union. No provision for slavery would have meant no United States. Besides, the preamble to the Constitution reads, “In order to form a MORE perfect union” — i.e., the Founders were under no illusion that they were created a perfect government, just one better than they had.
–But that does bring up how liberals work. First they wanted to end slavery. Then they wanted legal equality for blacks. Then they pushed for actual equality for blacks. Every time they achieved something that the powers that be saw no need to change, they kept going for more.–
I guess Republicans were the liberals then, then, because Republicans freed the slaves and fought for black equality during Reconstruction, going back to the suppressed liberal principles of the Founders, whereas Democrats labeled themselves the “white man’s party” and fought every civil rights bill for the next 100 years.
Where progressives have gone astray in civil rights is in abandoning the goal of equality for blacks and instead establish affirmative action and welfare state programs that promote the perception of black inferiority among blacks and whites alike. “If blacks are equal to whites, why are they getting money and set-asides just because they’re black? They must not really be equals, then.” True equals work together and compete on equal terms. So long as affirmative action institutionally tilts the balance of opportunity against whites, racial equality is a myth even a 3rd-grader can see through.
Affirmative action is the policy equivalent of telling whites, “You made us go to the back of the bus for years. Now it’s your turn.” That’s not equality. It’s racism. And we have progressives to thank for it.