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Overcome Subtle Lies

July 7, 2010

Yesterday  I wrote about nonsensical arguments that the left puts out to support their essentially untenable positions. Even the Propagandist-in-Chief plays the game, saying last week that the Statue of Liberty was funded by subscription instead of given to us by France. (The pedestal was funded by subscription.) Then on the 4th of July he dismissed the Founders as wealthy white men:

“We celebrate the principles that are timeless, tenets first declared by men of property and wealth but which gave rise to what Lincoln called a new birth of freedom in America — civil rights and voting rights, workers’ rights and women’s rights, and the rights of every American,…”

You have to be quick as he sneaks it right past you, just as that clown in Monument tried to do. Their theory is that the Constitution is somehow invalid because black men and women didn’t participate. Did they participate anywhere in 1787? Sam Adams didn’t have a suit to wear to the Continental Congress–his neighbors took up a collection to buy him one, a far cry from the president whose 2009 tax return shows $5.5 million in income. Men of wealth? I think not, but they were willing to risk all they had for the principles they believed in.

Notice also the insertion of workers’ rights. What is that all about? Perhaps he got confused between the Declaration of Independence and the Communist Manifesto.

They tell you that the Constitution was written for a world that no longer exists. What they mean here is that America in the 18th century was agrarian, a pre-industrial society. This is significant for Marxists who believe that agrarian society is a stage in the evolution of history followed by the industrial age. Marxism belongs to the industrial age and the struggle between capitalists and workers which will eventually be won by the Marxists. Um, hasn’t happened so far and we’re in a post-industrial economy by now. So how exactly is Marxism better?

The indictment also glosses over the fact that slavery was a big issue in the colonies and in the Constitutional convention itself. They charge that the Founders counted slaves as only 3/5 of a person, when in fact the Three-Fifths Compromise reduced the representation of the slave-holding states who wanted their non-voting slaves to count fully one-for-one for representation in the House. Come to think of it, that’s a little like today where the Democrats want non-citizens counted in the census, which is used for representation in the House.

They only get away with such distortions of fact if we don’t know our history. Glenn Beck is doing a great job on his Founders’ Friday shows and others, such as Wall Builders, do as well. Listen, read and educate yourself and those you know. We have a lot of work to repair the damage of at least twenty years.

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