Guys 'who didn't let women vote'
0 comment Monday, November 10, 2014 |
Every Christmas and Easter, the liberal media run numerous stories attempting to cast doubt on the Bible or the existence of Jesus Christ; in other words, to attack Christianity.
Now it looks like Independence Day is to be an official occasion to disparage the Founding Fathers. I blogged about such attacks the other day, and it looks like the barrage continues with the ABC commentators saying that the Founding Fathers weren't gods, just 'guys who didn't let women vote' and didn't free the slaves.
Just for the record, I don't believe the Founding Fathers were gods either, nor am I likening them to Jesus Christ by my mention in the first paragraph of this post. The Founders were flawed human beings as all of us are. However, I won't fall into the trap of having to make disparaging comments about them because I want to display 'fairness' by conceding anything to the carping leftists. Why concede anything to them?
The Founding Fathers, flaws notwithstanding, were intelligent men, much more so than the great majority of 'Americans' today. They were head and shoulders above today's devious and ignorant 'leaders' and politicians. And this is true of the least of the Founding generation.
The Founding Fathers did not give the franchise to women. And so what? Why do people today, even on the ''right'', insist on judging the past by today's false standards? Why is feminism so honored by 'conservatives' today, and its claims treated as a given?
The Founding Fathers, some of them, thought slavery ought to be abolished, but they were, for the most part, practical men who knew that they could not suddenly emancipate great numbers of people who were not prepared for independent life, or full citizenship. Our Founders did believe that we needed a literate and informed populace in order for our system of government to work as it should, and for our society to function. Do these dreamers on the left (and the 'colorblind' right) not see how radical a move it would be to suddenly free a large number of people who had known only slavery? Even the 'forty acres and a mule' idea would not have done much to make the transition practical or wise.
Read the FReepers comments on the news story, and see them climb over each other to protest how most of our Founders really wanted to free the slaves. If they were informed they would know that even their idol, Honest Abe, did not believe such would be a wise move.
"I will say, then, that I am not nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the black and white races - that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the White and black races which will ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race" - Abraham Lincoln, Fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, September 18, 1858
Thomas Jefferson wrote:
It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state, and thus save the expense of supplying, by importation of white settlers, the vacancies they will leave? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions, which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.''
Jefferson thought that emancipation was inevitable but he saw the difficulty that would accompany the freeing of slaves. He likened the situation to 'having a wolf by the ears', wherein letting go would be a great danger, but holding on would prove impossible.
Most Republicans, like those self-styled conservatives at FR, would probably denounce Jefferson's analogy quoted above as ''racist.'' I would bet money that most FReepers would not be familiar with the Jefferson quotes above, nor even with Lincoln's statement. They have become persuaded, or persuaded themselves that liberal egalitarian principles are the standard by which everything must be judged. They have become defenders of feminism and racial Marxism. Next (and this is already beginning) they will claim that homosexual 'marriage' is actually a conservative principle, and that everyone should have a 'right' to marry a person, or persons, of their choosing, regardless.
The Marxists/liberals/progressives have tricked the so-called right in this country into defending the values that the left has given birth to, much like cowbirds leave their eggs in other species' nests to be nurtured by them.
The 'right' is under the spell of the left today, and is really nothing more than a pale shadow of the left, in most cases.
While the conventional right imagine themselves to be guardians of the Founding Fathers' principles, they really do not know the Founders, nor do they stand for what the Founding Fathers stood for.
One of the comments on the FReeper thread has Jefferson saying that 'homosexuality is a mental illness.' I had to laugh out loud at that. First off, the word 'homosexuality' was, I think, not even used in the 18th century. In the law, it was called 'buggery' which is the word they tended to use then. And as for 'mental illness', the 18th century knew no such concept, much less terminology; 'mental illness' wasn't invented until the 19th or 20th century, and we are the worse for it.
The Founders, to be sure, were no gods; nobody claims they were. But whatever you might label them -- and today's political labels belong to our time, not 1776 -- they were not egalitarians or cultural Marxists.

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