The Founding Fathers as Gods of a Religion
© 2013 El Veasey Publishing
1.I know some of you may be scratching your heads wondering what the hell is he talking about!
Well I'm talking about, the way many people view the so-called founding fathers. It's like they can do no wrong. Everything they did was right and always good. Everything they wrote and did is sacrosanct. They always knew better about what's right and good for the country than we do today.
2.They can't be justly or rightly criticized for any omissions or commission of "sins", because that would be sacrilegious and impinging their integrity and righteousness and.... God knows we can't do that!
As just one example of what I'm talking about
3.I wrote an article about how Thomas Jefferson the great hero of "All men are created equal" fame, was a slave owner and slave trader, and that he had illegitimate children with one of his young teenage slaves, Sally Hemings.
4.This was pretty common behavior for slave owners during those times. This is a historical fact that anyone can check. But many of the worshipers of the "Founding Fathers" took great offense at my pointing out, this contradictory behavior of the hero of "all men are created equal" owning slaves, which is the exact opposite of someone who truly believes that "all men are created equal" don't you think?.
5.They reacted as if I was making this all up. Like I was just trying to make Jefferson look bad for some nefarious hidden agenda.They extolled Jefferson's virtues and achievements and said that I was giving people a one dimensional view of Jefferson. That nothing I could write or do could ever take away from his greatness. They downplayed his slave owning and taking sexual "liberties" with the fourteen or fifteen year old Sally Hemings, with whom he fathered six children.
6.One of them said that "You can't judge Jefferson by the standards of today. You can only judge him by the standards of the time he lived in"
7.I said "aren't we judging his greatness by the standards of today?" "don't we judge killers who lived during the old west by the standards of today?" "If they were killers during that time don't we still consider them killers today?" "So I can and do judge Jefferson by the standards of today just as we judge those killers as killers, no matter what time period they lived in"
They were accusing me of what they were doing
8.They were presenting a one dimensional view of Jefferson and only wanted people to focus on that view of Jefferson. The mythical great, good Jefferson.
9.Lordy, Lordy, Lordy...talk about willfully sticking your head in the sand!
10.I said, "Don't millions of people, including you, already have a one dimensional view of Jefferson?" "Don't you and they already know all of the admirable things about Jefferson?" "but do they know about the "bad" things?" "Aren't you trying to preserve the one dimensional "good" view of Jefferson, while keeping the "bad" dimension of Jefferson hidden from the public?" "So I'm really helping people see a fuller more realistic view of Jefferson". "If we don't see all of Jefferson, the good, the bad, and the ugly, doesn't that give us a partially fictitious view of Jefferson? Don't you think it's better to see the truth about Jefferson, rather than just the myth about Jefferson?"
11.With some reluctance and foot dragging, the main defenders of the mythical, god-like view of Jefferson, acquiesced and agreed, it was better to see the truth about Jefferson, rather than the myth about Jefferson.
12.It was like a religious conversion!
Their eyes were opened!
Once they were blind but now they could see!
And that's beautiful to me
13.I call this hub "The Founding Fathers As Gods Of A Religion", because religion ( not all) tends to blind you to everything about it, except what you've been taught or conditioned to believe about it. It's based on believing in someone greater and more glorious than yourself, that you identify with and feel part of. And if someone points out the cracks or inconsistencies in that glorious person's image. It's the same as if they were pointing out those things about you.
14.And that's why the defenders of the mythical Jefferson reacted the way they did toward me, when I pointed out those things about him, even though they were true.
15.The "Founding Fathers" should be respected and remembered for the "good things" they did along with any "bad things" they did. They were men not mythical beings or gods. Don't you think we're doing them a disservice if we don't remember that?
16.But you can't keep the truth down, you can't get the truth down, because the truth will destroy the "darkness" and the "blind" will see the "light"...in due time.
17.And that's sublime
© 2013 VC L Veasey