American History: Bachmann v. Stephanopoulos


Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was recently on ABC News in an interview with George Stephanopoulos. During the conversation, Bachmann said that a number of the Founding Fathers opposed slavery and worked to end it, but Stephanopoulos challenged her, “Now, with respect Congresswoman, that’s just not true.” But it is true. (Several good articles have been written about Stephanopoulos’ exchange with Bachmann – www.nationalreview.comand

Unfortunately, because of today’s practice of Deconstructionism – that is, pointing out every possible negative in American history and then making the exception appear to be the rule – most Americans can now recite more of what’s wrong with America than what’s right. They can identify every wart that has ever appeared on the face of America over the past four centuries but not identify what has made America the envy of every people in the world – the envy of every people, that is, except Americans.

I regularly see the results of this classroom practice of Deconstructionism. For example, when I speak at universities and law schools across the nation, I commonly display a slide of the famous painting of the “Signers of the Declaration of Independence” that hangs inside the Rotunda of the U. S. Capitol. I usually comment that it is unfortunate that the Founding Fathers were a collective group of racists, bigots, and slaveholders; and almost always, I universally receive nods of sad affirmation from the students.

I then ask students to identify which of the fifty-six signers owned slaves. Everyone immediately points to Thomas Jefferson, but to date no one has ever pointed out a second example. They have been taught that the Founding Fathers were racists; they know that Jefferson owned slaves; apparently that proves that the other fifty-five signers of the Declaration also owned slaves. Yet Jefferson was the exception, not the rule; the overwhelming majority of them were anti-slavery, introduced or passed anti-slavery legislation, or founded or led anti-slavery societies.

We have posted an article on the website giving a few of the many anti-slavery declarations made by Founding Fathers. Far too many today – including George Stephanopoulos – have been educated in a system that attacks traditional American institutions, values, and heroes. We need to become better acquainted with true American history so that we can push back against Deconstructionists, including on the issue of slavery and the Founding Fathers.

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2 responses

  1. How disingenuous of you! To begin, Ms. Bachman did not say, as you infer, that “a number of” founders worked… What she really said was “the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States….Men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” Besides the fact that he was 8-years-old when the Declaration was signed and only 20 when the Constitution was finally ratified, JQA did not speak out forcefully against slavery until his 70s.

    This is the reason I do not trust most people on the right: the little twists, like yours; the “some people have said” phrases littering all the “news” and analysis; the fudging and misrepresentation instead of just saying what it is you really believe, all in the quest for your greater goal: victory. Your ends justify your means. And, yes, the (D) party and their hacks do the same, although not to the same degree.

    Of course, the reason the (D) and (R) politicians (and their Fox/MSNBC cronies) do this is because it works. Most American like being uninformed, enjoyed being pandered to by the gov’t reps, and will forever contribute money and votes to those who are actively working against them.

    Where I don’t see this kind of “fibbing” is from atheist or socialist candidates. And I didn’t hear it from the likes of Barry Goldwater, either. Now there was a conservative I could respect and admire, even as I disagreed with much of that for which he stood.

  2. “And, yes, the (D) party and their hacks do the same, although not to the same degree.”

    Degree is relative, and can only be measured in your personal belief system!

    the founding fathers were more than just the original signers of the constitution, there were many items not addressed by the original founding fathers for fear that it would cause the republic to fall apart. However, slavery could have been abolished from the very start if not for the concern over keeping the states together. Northern states definitely outlawed slavery early on but were still required to honor other states rights.

    Hmmmmm States Rights issues, well guess things haven’t changed that much.

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