I had a government course this past semester and I was amazed over some things I didn't realize, like that the right to vote was affirmed for everyone as far back as 1870 - every citizen, that is. Through most of the course I was impressed to see that the constitution and the changes to it reflected the most proactive and advanced assertions of human rights. I was also pretty surprised to see how often the supreme court had been on the money, or at least how they got themselves on the money when second chances arose. Many of the real violations of rights came not from the document, but from crooked politicians either finding sneaky ways to skirt the laws or blatantly ignoring them.
This reminds me (except that a warning about the nation's founding documents is way more stupid) of the banning of Huckleberry Finn for the use of the N word, even though the term was appropriate for the time and the character - the abiding message in the book was completely ignored because a kid from (Hannibal Mo. - forgot the fictional town name) in the slave-age 1800s had the audacity to say N-- while he was helping him escape slavery and realizing that everyone is the same 'inside'.
God must love stupid people - he made SO MANY of them.