Missed Opportunity on How Our Constitution Works
As loath as we must all be to slip into the mire of political discussion on The View, I have to note that McCain missed an excellent opportunity to provide a grown-up explanation for a reckless question from Whoopi Goldberg. While the group was apparently discussing Roe v. Wade and the types of judges whom McCain would nominate, Goldberg chimed in:
Sir, I don’t want to misinterpret what you’re saying. Did you say you wanted strict constitutionalists, because … should I be worried about being returned to slavery? Because certain things happened in the Constitution that you had to change.
McCain credited her with making an excellent point, but left it at that. The correct response would have been to remind the audience that the Constitution has been amended (i.e., changed) to abolish slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment reads:
Section 1: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2: Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
In other words, even a strict constitutionalist would find that the Constitution bans slavery.