Michele Bachmann Re-writes American History

Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is either trying to re-write American history on slavery or she’s extremely ignorant on the topic. Speaking in front of an audience of Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR) Bachmann said, “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.” She then went on to cite the sixth president, John Quincy Adams, as one of the founding fathers. Actually he wasn’t. He was the son of John Adams, the second president and one of the founding fathers.

It was established in the Constitution, that Bachmann pretends to know so much about, that a slave counted only as three fifths of a human being. Even though Thomas Jefferson did write “all men were created equal” it’s known that he owned slaves, and most likely fathered several of the children from one of his slaves. Slavery didn’t end until after the Civil War, and the passage of the 13th Amendent in 1865, well after the deaths of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and all of our other founding fathers. In fact, John Quincy Adams had also been dead, for decades, by then.

How do these people get elected?

Here’ what Anderson Cooper had to say about her comment (includes a video of Bachmann making the comment and more).

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One Response to Michele Bachmann Re-writes American History

  1. Last Sane Man, CA says:

    If you knew anything about the Constitution, the anti-slavery Northerners advocated for slaves to count as ZERO PEOPLE. The 3/5ths deal was not a statement on how much humanity the Founders viewed slaves as possessing, as so many liberals try to say.

    Southerners wanted all the benefits of representation and taxation, without having to let them vote. Basically, the South was trying to grasp at more power than it should have had. A 2/5ths compromise would have been even better for our country and for the slaves because it would have taken away the inordinate power that the South possessed in our early government.

    Also, “founding fathers” is a broad term meaning someone who was instrumental in the beginning of our country. John Quincy Adams, being the sixth president, a prolific ambassador, and respected Senator, does in fact fit the bill. Hell, even with your limited historical knowledge, all you had to do was pop over to Wikipedia and see John Q. Adams partway down the list. Too hard?

    John Adams hated slavery and fought against it. John Q. Adams hated slavery and fought against it. Samuel Adams hated slavery. Benjamin Franklin hated slavery. John Jay hated slavery. Alexander Hamilton hated slavery. Dr. Benjamin Rush hated slavery. George Mason (of VIRGINIA) hated slavery. Henry Laurens (of SOUTH CAROLINA) hated slavery. Robert Carter III (of VIRGINIA) hated slavery. William Livingston hated slavery. John Dickinson hated slavery. Thomas Paine hated slavery.

    Even the famous ones that owned slaves were personally conflicted about it. “I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union.” -George Washington

    “There is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity.” – Thomas Jefferson

    “I congratulate you, my dear friend, on the law of your state [South Carolina] for suspending the importation of slaves, and for the glory you have justly acquired by endeavoring to prevent it for ever. This abomination must have an end, and there is a superior bench reserved in heaven for those who hasten it.” – Thomas Jefferson

    “I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil.”
    – Patrick Henry

    “We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man.”
    – James Madison

    “The magnitude of this evil among us is so deeply felt, and so universally acknowledged; that no merit could be greater than that of devising a satisfactory remedy for it.”
    – James Madison

    But being that all you want to do is lambast people who know more about history than you do as “stupid”, I am resigned to it. Continue on your course of ignorance, by all means.

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