The Founding Fathers

The Writer in Black

People tell us that the Founding Fathers of the United States were horrible, terrible men. And because they were horrible, terrible men we should dismiss everything they said and everything they did because it was all “tainted” with their being horrible, terrible men.

Were they such horrible, terrible men? Well, by modern standards to a large extent, they were. Many of them were slave owners, and if there was a black mark on the history of the United States, slave owning was it. Some of them were culpable in driving natives from their lands and in the near extermination if not outright extermination of some native peoples. Most of the rest were virulently racist and sexist by modern standards.

Of course, they did not live by modern standards. They did not have the advantage of further centuries of development in philosophical thought. They were near the beginning when people were…

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  1. Glenda T. Goode October 8, 2020 / 9:37 am

    What many fail to understand about the revolutionary times is that it was a period in our history that could be typified as being ‘Eat or be eaten’ as far as the existence of colonists and for that matter the rest of the world. I doubt seriously that any of the new age thinkers of our time could comprehend let alone survive such times as then.

    With this understanding that if you do not rise and conquer each day you would perish eventually, the notion of Manifest Destiny was paramount in the minds of the colonists as well. There was this huge continent to explore and develop to one’s own abilities and to not do so would be a step towards being eaten as it were. Given massive opportunity and the need to grow and develop for security’s sake our forebears while living as moral a life as they could, needed to live a life that did not have a lot of concerns for the ‘isms’ we see being used by the martyrs of today.

    It is wrong to condemn people’s decisions of another age and time just as much as it is wrong to presume a hatred in a race of people simply because of their color and history. Those are assessments of behavior and without the perspective of history it is impossible to make generalizations such as the liberals do today. If anything they are wearing blinders to avoid seeing the failings of their fellow travelers while they use the sword of condemnation on those they seek to depose.

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