"But we also know that the very founders who wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. And I think it's high time that we recognize the contribution of our forebearers who worked tirelessly...men like John Quincy Adams who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the Country."Um, what country are YOU talking about, lady? Or perhaps more straight to the point, what history book have you been reading from because the history books that all the rest of us have are very clear on this topic. The Founding Fathers did not end slavery. Period. And they certainly did not work tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United Sates. In fact, the Founding Fathers wrote slavery into the Constitution in two places:
So let's be clear, the Founding Fathers saw no problem with codifying slavery into our Constitution back in 1789 when the Country was founded. And when we're talking about the "Founding Fathers," let's also be clear on who we are talking about. We're talking about these guys:Article I Sect. 2, which defines the House of Representatives, states that slaves were to be counted as 3/5 of a person for purposes of determining how many Representatives should be apportioned from each State based on its population.Article IV Sect. 2 states flat out that if a slave escapes from one State and runs across the border into another State, then the latter State must return to the slave to the former State.
- Benjamin Franklin (owned slaves and died in 1790)
- George Washington (owned slaves and died in 1799)
- John Adams (actually did not own slaves and died in 1826)
- Thomas Jefferson (owned 100's of slaves and died in 1826)
- John Jay (actually did not own slaves and died in 1829)
- James Madison (owned slaves and died in 1836)
- Alexander Hamilton (owned slaves and died in 1804)
- John Hancock (owned a slave and died in 1793)
Video of Chris Matthews correctly taking the Tea Party to task over this nonsense after the jump:
What do you make of this effort to rewrite history by the Tea Party? What are they trying to accomplish with this effort?