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Levin: Should We Burn Bill of Rights Given Who Some of Their Authors Were?

By Michael Morris | August 22, 2017 | 12:17pm EDT
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (Flickr Photo/Labeled for Reuse)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Monday, host Mark Levin asked his audience a burning question concerning the recent unrest across America, “Should we burn the Bill of Rights?”

“And so, I’m asking a question,” stated Mark Levin. “Should we burn the Bill of Rights given who some of their authors were – James Madison, among them, being a prime author. Do we burn the Bill of Rights or don’t we?”

Mark Levin’s comments stem from the left-wing push to remove Confederate memorials, monuments and historical markers from across the country, some arguing that “they are racist symbols of America’s dark legacy of slavery.” Levin read the Bill of Rights – amendments to the U.S. Constitution – and questioned whether or not we should get rid of it too, given that some of its authors owned slaves.

Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show Monday:

“All of these amendments were drafted, in part, in part, by slave owners – the Bill of Rights. All of these amendments were ratified at state conventions by, among others, not exclusively, but in some states by slave owners – amendments that protect our rights today: free speech, freedom of the press, due process, the right not to have to testify against yourself, the fifth amendment due process and equal protection clause, the right to protect yourself and bear arms. Yes, all these rights.

“You notice, they didn’t say it simply applies to white people, or it doesn’t apply to black people. It’s the Bill of Rights.

“And so, what are we to do with these Bill of Rights? What are we to do with the first ten amendments, since they are tainted in some respects by men who own slaves? Not all, but some.

“In fact, some of these amendments were first suggested by the states before the adoption of the Constitution. They would later be adopted by the first Congress of the United States, because promises were made by Madison and John Adams, among others, in order to get the Constitution ratified in the states, that they would do these things.

“These ideas came out of the states. These are amendments that required three fourths of the state legislatures to ratify them.

“And so, I’m asking a question. Should we burn the Bill of Rights given who some of their authors were – James Madison, among them, being a prime author. Do we burn the Bill of Rights or don’t we? Do we rip them from the parchment or don’t we? And if not, why not? If not, why not?

“The Bill of Rights have to go. Now this is the insanity of all of this. This is the insanity of all this. This is why the vast majority of the American people don’t care about this. It doesn’t affect their lives one iota.

“Black, white, brown, yellow, green, it doesn’t matter. It’s of no consequence to what takes place in somebody’s life.

“Moreover, if we are to go through this country and destroy monuments, and not just monuments, buildings, and not just buildings, bridges, and not just bridges, streets – start going through these towns and these states and the country sandblasting or otherwise blasting names off of these facilities, removing statues – who gets to decide? Who gets to decide? And what is it based on?”

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