Concerning slavery, Thomas Jefferson, that crazy Founder who thought all men are created equal by a loving God, in his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, had the audacity to say the following:
"He (meaning the King of Britain) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the person of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere ... Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce."
He didn't stop there. It gets worse. That is, if you're a liberal who has been fed the lie (especially oozing out of today's supposed institutions of higher learning) that we have always had institutionalized racism.
In 1779 (about 70 years before the Civil War), Jefferson proposed a law that would have provided for gradual emancipation in Virginia.
In Congress in 1784, he proposed a law, which came within one vote of adoption, that would have banned slavery from the entire Western territory of the United States.
In 1787, he published his widely read Notes on the State of Virginia which contained in Query 18 the most eloquent denunciation of slavery written by anyone in the founding era.
In 1807, President Jefferson publicly supported the abolition of the slave trade, urging Congress to "withdraw the citizens of the United States from all further participation in those violations of human rights which have been so long continued on the unoffending inhabitants of Africa."
And while many felt blacks were inferior in intelligence, not so with Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton and others. In a letter Jefferson wrote concerning who was eligible for rights, he said this: "But whatever may be the degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others."
It wasn't just Jefferson against slavery, however. George Washington said, "There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it." Ben Franklin said, "Slavery is ... an atrocious debasement of human nature." Madison said, "We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man." John Adams, devout Christian and nearly obsessed with outlawing slavery, said, "Every measure of prudence, therefore, ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States...I have, through my whole life, held the practice of slavery in...abhorrence."
And one of my favorites, Alexander Hamilton said, "The laws of certain states ... give an ownership in the service of Negroes as personal property ... but being men, by the laws of God and nature, they were capable of acquiring liberty ... and when the captor in war ... thought fit to give them liberty, the gift was not only valid, but irrevocable."
You see, England held America hostage when it came to slavery. Washington had inherited slaves, probably Jefferson too, but the laws under which they were forced to live would not allow them to free their slaves until their deaths in most cases.
Fast forward to this past week, where Mark Steyn, on the Hannity Fox News show, continues on about the appalling record on slavery in the English speaking world by the Democrat Party in the United States. All true and all verifiable when you use accurate records and ignore racist "Media Matters" types.
Starting with the Confederate flag flap after the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, where left-wingers took that opportunity to connect the shooter with the Confederate flag and then ... somehow with right-wing Republicans. Shooter Roof's real choice for flags of white supremacy were the flags of apartheid South Africa and UDI Rhodesia.
To hang what is uniquely the history of the Democratic Party on the Republicans is a stretch even for the left-wingers. Paraphrasing Mark Steyn, the idea Republicans can have the Confederate flag hung around their neck is ridiculous. It's a Democrat flag, the states seceding during the Civil War were Democrat states, the slave states were Democrat states ... they were racist states ... until the 1960s, the Democratic Party was the largest and most powerful institution supporting slavery in the English speaking world ... it's century and a half of institutional racism ... there's nothing like it anywhere on the planet.
Hillary Clinton had the Confederate flag on campaign bumper stickers when she ran for POTUS in '08.
Paraphrasing Mark Steyn again: The Anglo-Celts who settled America weren't slavers nor was there slavery in Canada or Australia. It was an enthusiasm of the southern states and they were the biggest institutional supporters of slavery in the English-speaking world.
Even after Republicans abolished slavery, the Democrats created a century long apparatus of enforced segregation and anti-miscegenation laws, again, unique in the English speaking world.
In his book, "Vindicating the Founders - Race, Sex, Class and Justice in the Origins of America," Thomas West speaks of the Old South government, well into the 20th Century, sanctioning bigotry and assisting in persecution.
For instance, in Plessy v Ferguson, which gutted the 14th and 15th Amendments and sanctioned Jim Crow laws (it was reversed in 1896), railroad companies in Louisiana were compelled to set up separate cars for whites and blacks. Then the KKK, founded by the Democratic Party, was openly allowed to do violence to any whites and blacks who wanted to do business together. This, the Jim Crow regime, contradicted the principles of our Founding and was finally abolished by the civil rights acts of the 1960s which had to be pushed through by the Republican Party, for the Democrats fought it long and hard. A little known fact is that the KKK not only hung blacks, many whites were also hung for simply siding with blacks in the south.
In the field of education, "separate but equal" (Brown v Board of Education - 1954), had to go but the deep South fought back. In the fall of 1957 (I remember it so well), when 9 black students tried entering a white school, a full-scale riot broke out.
Klan-backed Democrat Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus had long encouraged racial discrimination at Little Rock High School. But Republican President Eisenhower sent in the 101st Airborne National Guard (1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers) to restore law and order, saying "There must be no second class citizens in this country."
Steyn concludes the Democratic Party has never come to terms with the evil of its past, a party committed to the proposition that one human being could own another human being. Next time you hear a commentator on CNN or MSNBC infer racism and Conservatives/Republicans go hand in hand, realize you are being fed crapola and those old (actually very young) white men known as our founders that liberals love to put down are the very men who first started the push to outlaw the slavery they hated. They did so BECAUSE, they were not deists but born-again Christians who knew from their Bibles it was wrong.
In a 1774 petition to the Massachusetts government, one group of slaves said: "We have in common with all other men a natural right to our freedoms without being deprived of them by our fellow men, as we are a freeborn people and have never forfeited this blessing by any compact or agreement whatever .... We were unjustly dragged by the cruel hand of power from our dearest friends, and some of us stolen from the bosoms of our tender parents .... We therefore beg ... that we may obtain our natural right, our freedoms, and our children be set at liberty at the year of 21."
Those evil white Christians in the North agreed, and by 1790 slavery was pretty well outlawed in the North, some 60 years before the South had to be shown the hard way.
For most of us conservatives, the Confederate flag means zilch. American blacks are truly American and it is my most ardent prayer that those stuck on the plantation of liberal policies find their way out so they can, once again, be free to reach their full God-given potential. Also, those in gangs who may have joined because they have no father figure at home need to be set free also.
A good place to start is to take a look at the northern black Americans, for many were lawyers or preachers, had businesses, and some later were in Congress - all BEFORE the Civil War was even fought.