One University of Texas professor is pushing the envelope when it comes to advocating for the destruction of traditional American institutions.
Richard Albert, a professor of law and government at the University of Texas at Austin, criticized the Constitution in an op-ed for The Hill on June 30, declaring that “its gendered and racist words stand in the way of true reconciliation in this divided country and have no place in any modern society.”
Maria Copeland of Campus Reform pointed out that Albert referenced the 13th Amendment as an example of racism featured in the Constitution
Albert argued that although the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, it still contains the Fugitive Slave Clause, whose presence in the Constitution serves as “a painful reminder of America’s original sin.”
On top of that, Albert complained that the Constitution’s language is also discriminatory on a gender basis. His complaint is that it exclusively uses male pronouns when referring to the presidency. Although Hillary Clinton was able to run in 2016 without a problem, Albert insisted that this exclusionary language was problematic. He mentioned the case of former Montana Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin — the first woman to be elected in the House of Representatives — and argued that her political career was viewed with disdain simply because the Constitution’s language only allowed male leaders to hold office.
“Imagine how schoolchildren must feel when they read the Constitution in their basic civics course. Some will be made to feel less than welcome in their own country… The highest law of the land creates a hierarchy of citizenship,” Albert stated.
Albert called for radical redrafts of the Constitution. In his view, if “racist and gendered terms” are taken out, then the Constitution “would celebrate equality and inclusion, and give Americans a text proudly to call their own — one in which they would see themselves and their hopes reflected.”
“The Constitution is replete with obsolete and outdated language that weakens rather than enhances the feeling of belonging that a constitution should generate among a country’s citizens,” he added. “It is time to update the Constitution to reflect America’s modern values of equality and inclusion.”
America’s cultural revolution is clearly having an impact on political discourse at the foundational level.
Any type of redraft or modification of the Constitution on leftist lines will undoubtedly result in the destruction of foundational American freedoms such as the right to bear arms and freedom of expression.
The Right must be ready to confront these very real threats in the increasingly hostile political environment of present-day America.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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