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Assault on America, Day 191: Leftists champion losers while dissing Thomas Jefferson’s holiday

Thomas Jefferson holiday
It makes sense that during last week’s Independence Day celebrations many folks across the country either revisited the Declaration of Independence or were present at a reading of the nation’s founding document. The eternal words still echo in the ears of grateful patriots 243 years after their official adoption. Outside of the Bible, few other human-inspired manuscripts have achieved such profound and lasting impact on the world.

The Founders couldn’t possibly have realized at the time what they’d started by severing political bonds with King George III -- a cause based on principle, virtue and natural rights rather than simple economic or cultural divergences. Those men understood the immediacy of the moment -- and the fact they’d effectively signed their death warrants if the grand scheme didn’t work -- but nonetheless their actions in Philadelphia altered history that day.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” wrote Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, the delegate his peers selected to manage the extraordinarily honorable but arduous task of drafting the fated text. It’s a little known or dwelled upon detail today, but Jefferson was one of five committee members charged with synopsizing the views of the representatives from all thirteen colonies -- definitely not an easy assignment considering the roomful of regional disagreements, prejudices and insecurities. He didn’t do it alone.

Jefferson was joined by John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut, each enhancing the lead author’s considerable rhetorical skills. When finished, the Declaration was a grand compromise hammered out between men with incredibly disparate demands and prerequisites.

The rest is history, so to speak. We still listen to and read the immortal sentences because the American War for Independence (which was really just part of an ongoing global supremacy struggle between Britain, France and other European kingdoms) was successful. Otherwise, probably no one would even commit a second thought to the American rebels and their hopelessly doomed cause, much less honor the anniversary of their Declaration’s signing.

Jefferson himself has been revered ever since -- at times unfairly given sole credit -- for initiating the independence movement with his words. More recently Jefferson’s come under fire by revisionists seeking to knock him off his lofty pedestal for a “crime” he couldn’t possibly fathom he was guilty of during his lifetime (he died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration). Because Jefferson owned slaves he’s been judged, sentenced and flogged before the newer and more “enlightened” twenty-first century thought appraisers.

Sadly, the retro value-scourging even reached Jefferson’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Tyler O’Neil reported at PJ Media, “[T]he City Council of Charlottesville, Va., voted to replace the official paid holiday celebrating the birth of Thomas Jefferson [April 13] with an official paid holiday celebrating slave liberation in the city. The city council revoked Jefferson's holiday during the week of July 4, the American holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which Jefferson drafted. Charlottesville is indebted to Jefferson, and this decision seems a clear message of ingratitude...

“When the city council struck Jefferson's birthday from the schedule, it added ‘Liberation and Freedom Day’ as an official holiday, set for March 3. That holiday will commemorate the day U.S. troops officially emancipated slaves in Charlottesville shortly before the end of the Civil War...

“’Having March 3rd be a designated holiday in the city will be a big step towards more accurately presenting the history of Charlottesville and recognizing the importance and value of the lives of the black residents who made up the majority of the population in the city and county at the time of the Civil War,’ City Councilor Ben Doherty said…”

Because of Jefferson’s fame and influence, Charlottesville grew to where it is today. Celebrating his birthday would seem natural for a region of the Commonwealth that owes its prominence to its most celebrated former resident (he also founded the University of Virginia, located there). To the extent that any mortal human being (living or dead) deserves such special honoraria, Jefferson would definitely fit the bill in central Virginia.

But not according to the haters and revisionists, apparently. If it were up to them we’d scrub the history books clean of any mentions of men like Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison, all Virginia slaveowners and purported hypocrites for carrying on about “all men are created equal,” waging a war to gain “freedom and independence” while dissing “tyranny” and then eventually crafting a Constitution which counted enslaved persons as 3/5ths of a whole human for census purposes.

All the retro-shaming ignores the fact that the Founding Fathers themselves not only refrained from defending the institution, they sought ways to end it. As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, for example, Jefferson introduced a bill to halt the slave trade (in June, 1777), believing the institution was immoral and impractical and would eventually die out if no longer refreshed with additional bondsmen. Slaveowners felt they’d inherited a system that was impossible to sustain but very hard to eradicate.

It should be pointed out Jefferson was in favor of re-colonization for the slaves -- somewhere away from the north American continent -- so it’s not like he intended to welcome them as neighbors and equals. And despite DNA evidence, it hasn’t been conclusively proven Jefferson had a love affair with slave Sally Hemmings. An expert may be able to explain in depth what Jefferson’s real views were on human equality and capabilities, but suffice it to say he and his fellow Founders moved to begin the process of extinguishing slavery long before the country fought a war over it (or more accurately, the expansion of it).

Like most men of his time, George Washington similarly thought slavery was ultimately unsustainable and would die a gradual death. He was the only Founder to free all of his slaves upon his passing and provide for their immediate upkeep in his will (wife Martha did not free hers, incidentally). For much of the first president’s life it was against the law for owners to free their own slaves (manumission) for the simple reason that the ruling elites didn’t believe society could handle a large body of freedmen without means to support themselves.

Were they right? Historians will argue -- that is, if they’re allowed to do so by the mind-controlling contemporary politically correct junta. But there’s no question that slavery was heading towards extinction in the Founders’ time -- at least until Eli Whitney’s cotton gin dramatically altered the need for labor. (Note: tobacco was still dominant up until the cotton gin, but it was hard on the soil and farmers like Washington were planting less labor-intensive crops anyway.)

These historical facts aren’t hard to find or learn. So why the concentrated effort to smear Jefferson? Is it because he’s seen as a champion of liberty, a mindset completely incompatible with modern leftist notions of racism, sexism… and every other “ism” out there? The liberals behind the cultural corrosion don’t even try to hide their contempt for traditional American symbols any longer.

Last week we learned Nike and Colin Kaepernick were symbol-slamming again too. ESPN.com reported, “Nike struck down a plan to release a shoe featuring the original version of the U.S. flag this week at the request of Colin Kaepernick, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

“The shoe, the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July, featured a logo of the original U.S. flag, the design of which by popular lore is credited to Betsy Ross, with 13 stars in a circle.

“The Journal reports that Kaepernick told Nike it shouldn't use that version of the flag, as he and others consider it an offensive symbol due to its connection to a time when slavery was legal.”

Well, slavery was legal in ALL thirteen colonies in 1776, so should we just toss out every symbol from the time period along with Jefferson, et. al. who failed to rid the world of it? Shouldn’t Kaepernick and brainless soccer superstar idiot Megan Rapinoe (U.S. Women’s team captain) be just as angry at Great Britain (for conducting the slave trade) and every African tribe that captured its enemies and sold them to the slave traders?

Nike is apparently doing banner business on its women’s soccer jerseys this year despite two of the U.S. team’s prominent members openly dissing the president and insulting the flag. Heck, the team accepted an invitation from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to visit the House. What an insult.

For what it’s worth, Rapinoe considers herself “extremely American” because she protests ancient wrongs like slavery. Yes, that’s right, Thomas Jefferson gets booted from a local holiday but Rapinoe and Kaepernick are given a cultural group hug for bashing the president and slurring the American flag. Who’s the hero here? Who deserves more acclaim in the annals of history? Who’s even got a clue as to what they’re talking about?

Honoring the Founding Fathers and the United States flag should be a no-brainer for Americans, but the cultural rot that’s relentlessly advanced by the left is present all around us. At the very least the past deserves respect and educated perspective. Is it really too much to ask today?


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