I’m all about original intent, but do you think the Founders would ever think the nation would take the Constitution they gave us to mean “Kill 40 million children?”
One wonders wht sort of horrible things people would have been shown that they didn’t want to see if Kodak-style photography had existed during the slave era.
I think the founders understood fully that human nature is capable of unspeakable evil and that is why they constructed a government that is subject to itself in three branches and the governed, ultimately.
They also knew that people would likely sit on their asses and let it become a Leviathan which is why they said, "...if you can keep it."
I happen to think the posting of the Declaration of Independence of FR is very inspiring and I hope it really does inspire Americans to take control of this government so that it will function the way it was intended to.
Pope Benedict XVI spoke of America's "Vocation in history." He understands our role throughout the world. It's time to wake up and grow up.