June 20, 2011

Michele Bachmann Flunks U.S. History, Making Her A Qualified GOP Presidential Candidate

 By 'The Radical'

 Apparently, the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, is attempting to rewrite history-literally. Amongst the leadership of these Mad Haters is Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. This woman has time and time again scolded the American public about their lack of knowledge about our Founding Fathers. Well, perhaps, Rep. Bachmann needs to heed her screed.

  In a January 21, 2011 in Iowa, Bachmann talked about these hallowed figures and her version of their concept of equality. And I quote, “It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status. Once you got here, were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable?”

  What is remarkable is that Rep. Bachmann has such a lack of knowledge about American history itself. When the slave ships were bringing the captured Africans to our shores, they were not passengers, but prisoners who were treated no better than cargo. Those who survived the cramped and unhygienic quarters were then sold like a commodity into slavery, to perform the menial and manual labors that would enrich their white owners.

  Maybe, this is seen as equality in the Tea Party circle, but perhaps these people need to look up the definition of the word “equality” in their dictionaries.

  But, Rep. Bachmann really shows her ignorance about the men that created the American nation and their view of slavery. When discussing the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, she states, “ We also know the very founders that wrote these documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

  However, the reality about the authors of these documents is either ignored or unknown by Bachmann. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he included a clause criticizing the support of the slave trade by King George the Third. But, in order to ensure the support of all 13 colonies for the Declaration, Jefferson removed this codicil to appease the Southern colonies to preserve a united front against the British Empire.

  Also, the Constitution of the United States contains a section known as the Federal Ratio. This Ratio, authored by James Madison, was a compromise reached to count slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of the Census to determine the political representation of the states that allowed the owning of slaves. Thus, this Ratio was used to count the disenfranchised and exploited to the benefit of the plantation owners in the South , in terms of them keeping their economic and political powers in the early days of our Nation.

  Now, I am sure Rep. Bachmann, being an American History expert, must understand that our Founding Fathers were more concerned with consolidating their grip on the political and economic reins of the United States, rather than actually practicing the principle of “all men are created equal” literally. Instead, the authors of these two documents sought to protect and perpetuate the institution of slavery, which allowed a race of human beings to be treated as property rather than equals. Neither one of these actions concerning the treatment of that cursed institution confirms Bachmann’s twisted understanding of our Founding Fathers. Instead, the truth about this sinful chapter in American history seems to have escaped a chief spokesperson of the Tea Party, who would rather present a false and whitewashed version of our nation‘s origins. Maybe, Representative Michele Bachmann need to spend less time scolding America and more time learning the actual facts concerning our Founding Fathers.

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