Originally Posted by Preacher
I gotta agree... and think that the original founders never really envisioned this type of prosecution.
Maybe not, but they definitely envisioned slaves being counted as 3/5 of a person for purpose of the census.
I note that not to make tired claim about the inherent racism of the pale patriarchy but for the proposition that not every late 18th century mindset fits perfectly into a 21st century transcontinental, integrated nation state and that the meaning of the terms in the Constitution are not etched in the amber of how society operated in 1787. E.g. - the Founders certainly did not envision electronic communications but the 4th Amendment legitimately has expanded to cover a lot more than getting a warrant to search someone's home.