Editing Slavery Out of the Constitution
The final paragraph sums it up very well:
Slavery has been dead and gone a long time, and a busy modern Congress facing a huge array of urgent business has no particular need to re-debate issues settled a century and a half ago. But – BUT! – if you noisily proclaim your intention to rededicate the US government to – in Krauthammer’s phrase- the original intent of the authors of the Constitution, there’s something more than a little creepy about editing the document in ways precisely and specifically intended to conceal one of the most important elements of that intent.