Deconstructing America |

Deconstructing America

Cheryl Cook’s recent essay describing the authors of our Constitution as “privileged, white, male property owners who protected slave owners … buying and selling family members … ,” and continuing to condemn “…old people … able to recall every statesman from 238 years ago,” … but unable to appreciate the continued suffering of Blacks in the 1960s, and that the real threat to domestic tranquility is the Second Amendment’s right of individuals to keep and bear arms, disparages America and its founding documents.

This rant is known as “deconstructionism” wherein nothing respected about our history remains untainted. A deconstructionist’s ploy is the de-emphasis, or even effacement, by posing a continuous critique, to lay low what was once high.

Cook’s essay tears down the old certainties upon which Western culture is founded and the foundations on which those beliefs are based. Sadly, I read her diatribe as an attempted erosion of our God-given inalienable rights, that “all men are created equal,” individualism, limited government, an educated and virtuous citizenry, and full republicanism.

I can only scratch my head with wonder at her contempt. What purpose does she seek to serve in her destruction of American Exceptionalism?

Norm Sauer, who lives in Nevada City, is a member of The Union Editorial Board. His opinion is his own and does not represent The Union or its editorial board.

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