Skip to comments.Americans Must Defend the Founding Fathers: 5 Attacks on Them and How to Refute Those Allegations
Posted on 11/08/2020 9:36:38 AM PST by WTanner1776
Americans cant just know who the Founding Fathers were and some of the good things they did. We cant just know about Washington crossing the Delaware, Jefferson buying Louisiana and writing the Declaration, Madison writing the Constitution, and Madison and Hamilton writing most of The Federalist Papers. Yes, those achievements were significant and were some of the most important parts of the bedrock of Western Civilization.
But just knowing that is not enough. We also have to stand up and defend the Founding Fathers from the attacks launched against them.
(Excerpt) Read more at genzconservative.com ...
This isn't your personal hit farm.
This young author apparently means well but stumbled badly attempting to get out of the gate.
At the time our country was founded, 13 of the 13 states were slave states. The slave states were: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut; Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland.
In addition, four of the states that later were part of the Confederacy permitted slavery: North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Don't ever forget to cast 4/13ths responsibility in that direction.
My understanding was that slavery, while legal in the North at the time of the early republic, was more or less dying out up there and was gradually replaced with a more capitalist, wage-driven form of labor rather than the large planters and small, yeomen farms of the South. That might be completely wrong, but it was the impression I got from reading about the era.
In that Sermon, Dr. Arnett issued a grave warning of what might happen to America if a group, including academics who then self-described as "Liberals," had its way. Excerpts follow:
"The Danger to our Country.In another section of the lengthy discourse, Bishop Arnett addressed the topic of "The Greatness of America," as follows:
"Now that our national glory and grandeur is principally derived from the position the fathers took on the great questions of right and wrong, and the career of this nation has been unparalleled in the history of the past, now there are those who are demanding the tearing down the strength of our national fabric. They may not intend to tear it down, but just as sure as they have their way, just that sure will they undermine our superstructure and cause the greatest calamity of the age. What are the demands of this party of men? Just look at it and examine it for yourselves, and see if you are willing that they shall have their way; or will you still assist in keeping the ship of state in the hands of the same crew and run her by the old gospel chart! But ye men who think there is no danger listen to the demands of the Liberals as they choose to call themselves:
"'Organize! Liberals of America! The hour for action has arrived. The cause of freedom calls upon us to combine our strength, our zeal, our efforts. These are The Demands of Liberalism:
"'1. We demand that churches and other ecclesiastical property shall no longer be exempt from just taxation.
"'2. We demand that the employment of chaplains in Congress, in State Legislatures, in the navy and militia, and in prisons, asylums, and all other institutions supported by public money, shall be discontinued.
"'3. We demand that all public appropriations for sectarian educational and charitable institutions shall cease.
"'4. We demand that all religious services now sustained by the government shall be abolished; and especially that the use of the Bible in the public schools, whether ostensibly as a text-book or avowedly as a book of religious worship, shall be prohibited.
"'5. We demand that the appointment, by the President of the United States or by the Governors of the various States, of all religious festivals and fasts shall wholly cease.
"'6. We demand that the judicial oath in the courts and in all other departments of the government shall be abolished, and that simple affirmation under the pains and penalties of perjury shall be established in its stead.
"'7. We demand that all laws directly or indirectly enforcing the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath shall be repealed.
"'8. We demand that all laws looking to the enforcement of “Christian” morality shall be abrogated, and that all laws shall be conformed to the requirements of natural morality, equal rights, and impartial liberty.
"'9. We demand that not only in the Constitution of the United States and of the several States, but also in the practical administration of the same, no privilege or advantage shall be conceded to Christianity or any other special religion; that our entire political system shall be founded and administered on a purely secular basis; and that whatever changes shall prove necessary to this end shall be consistently, unflinchingly, and promptly made.'
"'Let us boldly and with high purpose meet the duty of the hour.'"Let us see what it is that makes us so great; wherein lies our strength. What has made us one of the greatest powers of the earth, politically and intellectually? Have we come to the conclusion that it is Righteousness that exalteth a nation? We have met to-day at the request of the President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and also the Governor of our beloved State, Rutherford B. Hayes. For what? Why call us from our homes? Why come to the house of God? Why not go to the hall of mirth and to the places of amusement to-day? No that is not what they want us to do. We are commanded to go to our 'several places of worship, and there offer up thanks to Kind Providence which has brought our nation through the scenes of another year, and blessed the land with peace, plenty and prosperity.' Then as Americans we have reason to rejoice and congratulate ourselves on the greatness of our beloved country; at this the close of the first hundred years of experimental government of the people, by the people, and for the people. To be a citizen of this vast country is something, and to share in its privileges and duties is more than something." - Dr. Benjamin W. Arnett, 1876 "Centennial Thanksgiving Sermon" -
CENTENNIAL Thanksgiving Sermon, DELIVERED BY REV. B. W. ARNETT, B. D., AT ST. PAUL A. M. E. CHURCH, URBANA, OHIO 1876 - available in the "Library of Congress - Historical Collections" - "African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection," 1820-1920; American Memory, Washington, DC.
This historical treasure is one which should be prominent in our national discussions, especially now, when our philosophical foundations are being challenged, and when the views of a learned man like Dr. Arnett might shed light on centuries-old ideas about America's history. His theme: Righteousness Exalteth a Nation, but Sin is a Reproach to any People.""Withdraw from Christendom the Bible, the Church with its sacraments and ministry, and Christian morality and hopes, and aspirations for time and eternity; repeal all the laws that are founded in the Christian Scriptures; remove the Christian humanities in the form of hospitals and asylums, and reformatories and institutions of mercy utterly unknown to unchristian countries; destroy the literature, the culture, the institutions of learning, the art, the refinement, the place of woman in her home and in society, which owe their origin and power to Christianity; blot out all faith in Divine Providence, love, and righteousness; turn back every believer in Christ to his former state; remove all thought or hope of the forgiveness of sins by a just but gracious God; erase the name of Christ from every register it sanctifiesin a word annihilate all the legitimate and logical effects of Christianity in Christendomjust accomplish in fact what multitudes of gifted and learned minds are wishing and trying to accomplish by their science, philosophy, and criticism, and what multitudes of the common people desire and seek, and not only would all progress toward and unto perfection cease, but not one of the shining lights of infidelity would shine much longer. Yes, the bitterest enemies of this holy and blessed religion, owe their ability to be enemies to its sacred revelations - to the inspiration and sublimity of that faith which reflects its glories on their hostile natures. They live in the strength of that which they would destroy. They are raised to their seats of opportunity and power by the grace of Him they would crucify afresh; and is it to be thought that they are stronger than that which gives them strength? Can it be supposed that a religion which civilizes and subdues, and elevates and blesses will succumb to the enmities it may arouse and quicken in its onward march? Are we to tremble for the ark of God when God is its upholder, and protector, and preserver? - Dr. Benjaming W. Arnett, St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Urbana, Ohio, Centennial Thanksgiving Sermon, November 1876Dr. Arnett, an A.M.E. Minister and Ohio State Legislator, was invited to publish this remarkable sermon commemorating the Centennial of the Declaration of Independence by the following method:
Rev. B. W. ARNETT, B. D.
Will you please prepare your Centennial Thanksgiving Sermon for publication: together with whatever matter pertaining to the colored people of this city, you deem worth preserving.
We make this request of you, believing that the publication of such matter, will be of benefit to the present and succeeding generations.
C. L, GANT
Trustees W. A. STILGASS, W. O. BOWLES
December 7th, 1876
J GAITER, J. DEMPCY, C. L, GANT
Trustees W. A. STILGASS, W. O. BOWLES
This is excellent! If only it were taught in schools rather than the current, Marxist trash.
Slavery in those days was very similar to abortion today. How do you stop abortion since it seems to be a legal entity when it really is an evil and unjust law?
There was a small group of maybe 4 or 5 from the southern colonies who had no problem with slavery. All of the other Founders hated slavery, but they could not just snap their fingers and get rid of it. They felt that it was hard enough to break away from England and build a new country and they understood that the issue of slavery would have to be fought in another generation.
When Jefferson worked on his first draft of the Declaration he wrote a couple of paragraphs denouncing slavery. His editors read it and told him essentially - we agree with you but this has to be voted on unanimously and those from the south need to be on board.
So, he rewrote it including the "all men are created equal" which was intended at the time to include all slaves because they are human also.
Any thinking that all those white guys liked slavery is not true. What our Founders did was to create the possibility that another generation would have the tools it needed to get rid of slavery for good.
Absolutely! If only more people knew that. They forget the Constitution banned the importation of slaves after 30 years, which was a huge step forward.
“My understanding was that slavery, while legal in the North at the time of the early republic . . .”
Not just legal; people in northern states owned and worked slaves. And the northern states voted to include slavery into the United States Constitution - probably because they thought it was in their own political and economic best self interests.
The author of the article - who goes by the name Gen Z - likely did not know those facts; and that’s the reason I mention them.
The reference to “all men are created equal” was in the first draft. It was not added later to compensate for removing the lengthy denunciation of the King for promoting slavery in the colonies.
And Jefferson's contemporaneous notes records the struck philippic in more detail than most remember today: “The clause too, reprobating the enslaving the inhabitants of Africa, was struck out in complaisance to South Carolina and Georgia, who had never attempted to restrain the importation of slaves, and who on the contrary still wished to continue it. Our Northern brethren also I believe felt a little tender under those censures; for tho’ their people have very few slaves themselves yet they had been pretty considerable carriers of them to others.”
These may be small details, but why not get it right? The record is clear.
“They forget the Constitution banned the importation of slaves after 30 years, which was a huge step forward.”
I hate to be persistent, but that is not exactly right.
The original Constitution did not ban the importation of slaves after 30 years. The original Constitution guaranteed that importation of slaves could not be prohibited prior to 1808: “Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article . . .”
The states, north and south, did indeed vote to end the importation of slaves at the earliest possible time allowed by the Constitution.
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