“In the words of Benjamin Franklin, in 1744, to a group of colonists discussing freedom, Franklin said to them, “If a nation to the north can form a near-perfect union that has endured for centuries, why can’t we form a more-perfect union?” Franklin was talking about the Iroquois Confederacy and that is where the U.S. Constitution comes from (not the Christian Bible and/or Christian ideals), because in 1988, on the eve of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution there was a unanimous Thank You sent by the U.S. Congress to the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy thanking them for their input into the U.S. Constitution and the formation of the USA. The U.S. Constitution is Indian Law and that’s why I love it,” said Russell Means, former member of the American Indian Movement, on the Alex Jones show.
Mexicans generally chafe at the racial politics of the United States and declare themselves far more easy-going, lacking a history of Jim Crow segregation and/or Ku Klux Klan-like animosity. Mexicans often point out that slavery was abolished in Mexico in 1829, as part of liberal, egalitarian ideals that helped push independence from Spain. That happened well ahead of abolition in the United States in 1865.
Today, the term “witch-hunt” refers to the injustice that occurs when innocent people are falsely accused of crimes in an atmosphere of fear, prejudice, and hysteria. The term was used in the 1940s and 1950s, when Senator Joseph McCarthy (and HUAC) led a campaign against alleged communists in the United States. In the process, McCarthy exploited Americans’ fears and intolerance, whipping up an atmosphere of hatred. People eventually came to their senses, just as they did in Salem, but not before much suffering was caused. McCarthyism reminded people of the Salem Witch Trials, and we still use the term “witch-hunt” when hysterical accusations are made.
Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution forbids a religious test as a requirement for holding a governmental position: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. (Much more than having God on our money since 1863, having God in the Pledge of Allegiance since 1954 helps atone for the oversight of the Founding Fathers who forgot the deity in drafting the U.S. Constitution.)