The Presidents & The Slave Owners : Where the founders really Racist like Some Contend
Sometimes I like to go over to left leaning sites to either bother my liberal counterparts, or to see what kind of nonsense they are talking about. What surprises me so often is that so many on the left are either ignorant of history, or just cannot stand the founding fathers of this nation that they would purposely tell lies about them, like some JR. high school student trying to make new friends.
What I often hear some of the more progressive people say is that the founding fathers were racist slave owners, and this is why those small government, Tea Party, southern state loving, homophobes, are that way, we follow the racist ideology that wants to preserve states’ rights so we can go back to our glory days of Black Code and Jim Crow.
This skulduggery should surprise no one coming from the same people who still to this day claim that all Republicans care about are the rich, and that all conservatives are uneducated dopes. It is nothing more than an ostentatious attempt to defend our president, the one they so valiantly defend, even after he signed into law the same Bush tax cuts that has widened the gap between those with and those without; the same president that bypassed congress to start a war that if Bush would have done we would have seen calls for impeachment trials in the House and Senate.
So I decided to use my Diary to postulate my feelings on their attempt to defend the President at the expense of hard working Americans that would rather not see their government take over health care, or bailout banks with billions of tax payer money.
The real story of what the founding fathers did traverses way beyond affecting just our federal system. When the founders were writing the constitution, they had a great many things to debate, but one of the most contentious was the slave trade, James Madison was staunchly against it, but indeed understood why they had to compromise with the southern states.
Madison called the slave trade “this infernal traffic”and “every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant.”
Madison stated bluntly what he felt slave traders did to the nation “they bring the justice of heaven on a country. As Nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”
He was right, the nation did see some very bad days before it got to the point where we could really call it the freest nation on Earth, it would become the America we all love today. But it was that compromise that built a nation that was stronger than the “infernal traffic” as Madison had once described it. Without the compromises, anarchy may have been the result, and this would have weakened the nation by splitting the states apart, which would have likely left the slaves in a more helpless situation.
James Madison said this about the compromises they had reached at the constitutional convention “Such was the aspect of things, that in the eyes of the best friends of liberty, a crisis had arrived which was to decide whether the American experiment was to be a blessing to the world, or to blast forever the hopes which the republican cause had inspired” (as cited in Cerami, 2005, p. 168).
I favor the states deciding things, and I am fully aware of the outcome of this system during reconstruction. Liberals like to cite how the southern Democrats had used the Tenth Amendment to circumvent the new laws. What I am not so sure of is that the practice of slavery would have lasted as long, and how the outcome would have been if each state just moved at its own pace.
I favor many things being decided by the states, but I do appreciate what the founders did, they understood that with a central government too strong, tyranny was sure to come, but with no federal government, greatness would never have been achieved. The divide between big state and little state was too large, and north and south was not ready to fight it out. The only outcome would have been many states, and no nation.
Thomas Jefferson was against these great compromises, but he even came around to understanding the reasons for them. It was hard for him for he was a student of Natural Law, and like Jefferson, I am a person who believed in Natural law. God gives us what is morally right, and we know where it should take us.
Many liberals say that the founders were racist because they owned slaves, and indeed some did, but they also understand the way things were, if they would have freed their slaves, those same slaves could be much worse off, some would be killed, and some would just be recaptured and split up from the ones they loved, some were really good to their slaves for at the time, most were not, and in the case of Jefferson, the people who worked at his home were more like workers, and they were freed upon his death, he had not much else he could do, being he had accumulated huge amounts of debt.
Jefferson did not treat his workers like most slave owners in those days, and there has even been talk over the years that he was intimately involved with one named Sally, the truth of that is still debated today, but we do know he did adopt some of his slaves or what he called friends (Egerton, 1997, para. 11)
The reason I told this story was to iterate the strength that the federal system of laws gives us as a nation, even though I favor many things being decided by the states, I can only give God the moral authority, but because we are a nation of laws, any injustice could someday be rectified if enough people got behind it. Slavery was one of the rare occasions when the law was changed that it led to all-out war, but without the federal system, I do not believe that this could have been possible. Those racist that the progressive sometimes talk about, were in reality anything but, they were some very great men who would develop a constitution and a system of government that would accomplish great things.
So the people like us who wish to see this country recapture the spirit that our founding fathers had, we are not racist, we just reject the statist idea of freedom. We do not wish to see anarchy, we wish to see prosperity. I do not claim that these are not things that progressives seek; I just claim that they are wrong on the method to achieve it. I will not claim the Democrat Party seeks to slave the minorities with endless government help, but I will say the trap is set. Being a government funded child my whole life afforded me a direct view of the effects of having a mother constantly waiting for the government to save us, it had a simulacrum of slavery.
This was a risky diary to write in the sense that it would no doubt offend some, not that I think they may ever be here to see it. Most of the information in this diary is already well known by members of all ideologies, but I still am defending the founding fathers against impious views on the role they played, the intent they had. Madison predicted by 1929 the nation would have over a hundred million people and would have moved away from farming and on to industrial methods of production; he was right, and the nation has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
When it comes to the founding fathers, it is idiocy to think they were anything short of great. I think as a small government conservative that clearly sees the importance they played, there is no reason to allow those who would demean their work to get away with it, so I think we should confront it whenever we see it. They clearly want people to think they were not as great as they were because the same founding fathers wouldn’t agree with the things they see today. The federal government has grown way beyond the size and scope of the original agreement.
The people in this country may have lost faith in the government of today; there is still almost universal adoration for those who made it possible.
I would like to say I am not contending that all liberals think the founders were racist, but I have never met a conservative who has said they are; just saying.
Cerami, C. A. (2005). Young patriots: the remarkable story of two men, their impossible
plan, and the revolution that created the Constitution. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks.
Egerton, D. R. (1997). Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings family: A matter of blood.
Historian, 59(2), 327.