Secondly you're putting words in my mouth.
Thirdly it isn't better off now than it was before.
Equal rights was a big step for this Country, but really? That's all you have?
Our rights to freely assemble are under attack, proof of that is the show of force against peaceful protests nationwide.
Our rights to privacy, under attack pretty much everywhere other than a bathroom.
Gun laws have tightened up extremely in many states, yet as citizens we are supposed to simply have the right to bear arms.
The criminal background check I can understand, but I have no priors, no mental health issues, and I'm a legal citizen.
Here in Jersey you have to fill out like 4 different forms, cough up about 100.00 bucks, get personal references,
and then even after all that horseshit you can still indiscriminately be denied. That's only for firearms purchaser id card..to buy a rifle!
To get a handgun you gotta fill out another form, and pay more money. Doesn't say in the Constitution you have to jump through flaming hoops to get a weapon,
but that's their way of discouraging you into maybe changing your mind I suppose.
Now more than EVER government is involved in pretty much everything we do..
You brought up the slaves being freed, yet back in those days there was no Federal bank, or IRS.
The Government printed it's own money,and work done was pay earned. No tax on labor.. only State taxes.
So you're telling me having a ridiculous portion of your hard earned money deducted from your paycheck is better than how it was back then?
Btw, Abe' s main goal was to preserve the Union. Even after the war was fought Abe didn't sign a single document to Abolish slavery until 2 years later.
"my paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery, If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."
I mean, in a broad sense are things better now?
Sure, a lot of that is attributed to technology, Industrial growth, and social evolution
But government wise we really aren't man.