Tuesday, February 23, 2010

GOP'ers Wish It Was 1776 Again

Some GOP'ers have gathered at Mount Vernon and signed "The Mount Vernon Statement" in which they profess a desire that the USA harken back and emulate the era of our Founding Fathers circa 1776.

In their little manifesto (who the heck issues manifestos these days besides radical weirdos?) reads, "The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist." What "truths" from 1776 are they writing about? Or are they only cherry picking the easy, still embraced "truths" from that era (like all [people] are created equal) and forgetting the other less likeable "truths" from that era?

Let's start with this truth: Mount Vernon, the namesake of their document and where they signed their manifesto, was Founding Father George Washington's plantation. Yeah, that's right, his plantation. Truth: Slavery was legal plus non-land owning men and women couldn't vote for quite a while after 1776. Another "truth" back then was that there should be no national income tax, that "truth" seemed to go away after a while. So these GOP'ers at worst want to go back to a time when slavery was legal and masses were disenfranchised and the federal government was broke. At worst they think that era is something to aspire to. Brilliant.