Did you know, if you order a copy of the U.S. Constitution or the Declaration of Independence from Wilder Publications (no I am not linking to them), you’ll see the following at the end of their reprints.
“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this class work.”
All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner without written permission except brief quotations for review purposes only.
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Radford, VA 24143-3005
It is obvious that the publishers, who also seem to be claiming copyright to the document, feel that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are outdated and do not the reflect the same values today as they did back in the day.
Many Americans (including myself) believe the values within the U.S. Constitution are the same today as they were when the document was written. Those who think otherwise never held those values in the first place.
Why on Earth would I purchase a product from a company that doesn’t believe in our founding principles and feels the need to add a disclaimer to our founding documents?
Thanks, but no thanks. Oh, and I’ll use, reprint, and reproduce the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and any other founding document, whenever I want, with or without your permission. The executives at Wilder Publications are crazy if they think they own the copyright to any of our founding documents.