In the course of the partisan rancor and culture wars that shape our American political scene nowadays, pundits and politicians will occasionally appeal to the Founding Fathers to buttress their respective views. In their hands, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and the rest are either homophobic, slave-owning chauvinist white men or they’re sagacious, enlightened souls who seemingly possessed a preternatural understanding of this nation's future. They’re both pious Christians and atheists of the Enlightenment. Well, whether you see them as reprobates or luminaries, the U.S. Constitution is an amazing document, and oppressed peoples abroad wish their government had an equivalent. This document has put us Americans on a journey toward true democracy ever since. We still have a ways to go, but we’re getting there. How strange it is that half of humanity did not have the right to vote, despite the vaulted claims of freedom and equality in our founding documents. The 19th Amendment of 1920 finally enfranchised women, but it took well over a century of struggle to make it happen.