In a comment over at Breitbart, a troll asked the following question:

Founding principles? Means what? Owning slaves?

Stink bomb. I know he was a troll, but the bomb needs to be diffused, because too many people on our side are “shut up” by it.

The founding principles had nothing to do with owning slaves. Read the discussions from the founding era, and you will see that even slave owners — most of whom were born into slave-owning — were struggling with a problem that we have (thankfully … and with a lot of thanks to them, specifically) never had to deal with.

There is a reason the original Constitution didn’t mention slavery except to impose a ban on importing them with an eye toward ending the practice altogether.

The original draft of the Declaration of Independence — the preamble to our Constitiution, written by slave owner Thomas Jefferson, included a scathing endictment of slavery. Others removed it with an eye toward keeping the union against the Brits, from whom they inherited the practice, so that we might succeed in establishing a nation based on new principles. A better vision that dawned in the midst of imperfection.

The anti-Americans speak as if America invented slavery when in fact it was born out of the principles that abolished it.

” … he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold. he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce; and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people for whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.” – Thomas Jefferson in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence

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4 thoughts on “GAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

  1. Robert M Mitchell Jr.

    “Founding principles of the Country, not the Democrats. Try to keep up.”

  2. nightfly

    They do this… anything they want to denigrate, they find the worst part of and pretend that it was the whole point of the enterprise. Anything they want to promote, however, and those worst parts are spoken of as “regrettable excess” and “mistakes were made” and “we take full responsibility” and “we are investigating.”

    The result of such cant is that what a Leftist wishes to denigrate actually does improve, as those within it, who are already fighting to perfect it, double their efforts… but that which they want to promote quickly sinks into the mire, because those within are already so convinced of their personal perfection that they don’t bother to work hard at putting it into practice. If they were more willing to admit their shabby behavior, they wouldn’t have so damned much of it.

  3. Severian

    What y’all said. Sure, slavery was one of the founding principles… of the Democratic Party. Cf. the Late Unpleasantness, 1861-5.

    Typical libtard — the worst aspect of something they don’t like is structural to it; any bad part of something they do like is incidental to its implementation. Communism murdered millions? Yes, regrettably, some mistakes were made by overzealous individuals, but it has nothing at all to do with a worldview that treats individuals as interchangeable means to a vague and ever-shifting end.*

    *Of course, this is exactly how they’d describe capitalism. Which is why “liberal” should be spelled P-R-O-J-E-C-T-I-O-N. If you ever find yourself in another exchange with this troll, ask him: “what’s so bad about slavery, really? I mean, yeah, there’s the racism, but what if it were equal-opportunity? You’ve got a system where everyone in it labors for the greater good of their society, and all their basic material needs are met by wise and benevolent — some might say “paternalistic” — managers. There’s free comprehensive health care, obviously, and nutrition is carefully supervised. Even entertainment is confined to things that are good for you. There’s no stronger community than a plantation slave community. Education is work-appropriate, carefully monitored, and, best of all, totally communal, with complete oversight of a curriculum designed to instill communal values. And, of course, it’s all green as can be — you don’t even need mechanized equipment.

    So, ummmm….yeah. Aside from the fact that it’s traditionally associated with black folk, what exactly is wrong with slavery? Sounds like Hillary Clinton’s magic dream world to me.”

  4. tim

    Yup, all of our founding principles can be narrowed down to owning slaves. Absolutely.

    And Blacks in the 21 century can be classified as poor, law breaking, food stamp dependent, welfare recipients.

    What? Is that wrong? I thought we were just using stereotypical logic.

    Nice, Severian.

    By the way, here’s a little known fact that should shut some folks up –

    By 1700 there were more Irish Catholic slaves in America than there were Colonist. The first American slave was Irish (Catholic) and they outnumbered the African ones.

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