“Pakistan has been struggling with it since independence 60 years ago. India took 40 years. South Korea, 20 years.The United States took eight years to get its Constitution, but it was another 131 years until women could vote.”
Don’t forget that unpleasantness 1859-1865. I’m sure, had Reid been alive and a (Copperhead) Senator, he would have exhorted Lincoln to surrender his lost war, the U.S. could never forge a democracy, that the Union was a lost cause and Sherman was being routed by the Georgia militia, that Lincoln better change course, surrender at Appomatox un-manumit the slaves.