A very thought provoking essay.
“… the promises made in the Declaration and the Constitution are so great that their betrayal is an inevitable part of the promise. And that’s what makes them work. … that betrayal “the engine of American history.” The “more perfect union” is a limit approaching infinity. As each generation discovers-inevitably!-that the promises made to them were false, they battle to make them a little more true. …”
Well, that explains it, I’ve been had!
Also see Whitman as quoted by Josh Burton some time recently in a blog very, very far away.