There seems to be a never-ending assault on the United States and it’s founding principles these days. It seems as if daily there are people running the country down and insinuating things that just aren’t true.
There is certainly nothing wrong with criticizing one’s country, but by far America does a lot more things right than it does wrong. There isn’t anyone or country that does everything “right” all the time.
Often times our founding fathers are criticized for things of a personal nature they may or may not done. But, you need to remember they were only human just like the rest of us. Many times the acts they may be guilty of were looked upon as favorable at the time.
Slavery was one, many of our founders did indeed own slaves. However as wrong it may have been, and it was wrong. Having said that, most of the slaves were treated quite well.The slave owners had a lot of money invested in the slaves and depended on them to perform their duties in order that the plantations might prosper and everyone benefit. Common sense tells you most wouldn’t mistreat someone who they had so much invested.
Most of the slaves had a much better life than the one they came from in Africa. They were captured by their own kind and sold off by the tribal leaders to the highest bidder. So the original sin, as you may call it, was performed by the negros themselves.
Most of the founders of our country knew it was wrong, but were unable to do anything about it. If they would have insisted on abolishing slavery at the time of the signing of our Declaration of Independence, the southern landowners would have never signed and that would have delayed the beginning of our country. In all probability, it may have never happened.
There was a heavy tax imposed if the slaves were sold and many like George Washington himself, couldn’t afford it, the penalty was more than he owned. It would have bankrupted him, and if that had happened where would we be today?
The founders knew the ending of slavery would have to be dealt with at another time and heavy-heartedly passed the problem on to another generation.
The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution are sacred documents and rank up there with the Magna Carta and Holy Bible.
As such they were created by geniuses. The most knowledgeable people the world has ever known created these documents. Most geniuses are a bit eccentric, Bobby Knight, Woody Hayes, and Einstein come to mind, they were all geniuses in their field and all a bit eccentric.
It is known that Thomas Jefferson fathered a child with one of his slaves. Now some claim it was rape. How does anyone know that? There are only two people who actually know. It becomes an issue of he said, she said. Even if there were witnesses, they could have an agenda. So no one actually knows, we have to decide and give him the benefit of the doubt.
Ther are other rumors that some also performed less than stellar acts, which they may have, who knows? The deeds they performed while founding this great country of ours overshadows anything else they may have done. Sometimes, in order to get the job done, individuals have to go the extra mile and perform acts they would rather not do.
Benjamin Franklin played both sides of the war and made the British believe he was on their side and joined secret organizations that gave him inside knowledge as to what the British had planned.
He did the same in France and was thus instrumental in gaining both financial and military support that he otherwise may not have been able to obtain.
In both instances, his knowledge and abilities were instrumental in the victory of the colonists over the British military, at that time, the most powerful military the world had ever known.
When General Washington and his troops arrived at Valley Forge in December of 1777, congress was supposed to have provided shelter, food, and clothing. All they found was a snow covered field and a couple of jack rabbits. Congress was as efficient then as they are now.
This act and others as well is the reason the founding fathers decided congress should be as inefficient as possible, thus enabling the citizenry to go about their lives unencumbered by government interference.
As a result, General Washington was forced to devise whatever means he could to keep his men from starving to death. He told his officers to go out into the country side and procure provisions however they could and to use whatever means necessary. He also told them, he didn’t want to know where the supplies came from, or how they wer procured.
That hard winter hardened the rag tag army into steel and as a result, when spring came, they were battle-hardened and ready to fight a British army that had languished inPhilidelphia drinking and partying and not ready for battle. If it hadn’t been for Valley Forge, we may have never won the war.
It is said they didn’t believe in God or pray. Quite the contrary, it is written that many prayed daily and believed in God. General Washington prayed daily, chastised his men for using profanity and insisted the military have chaplains, something that was unheard of at the time.
What little education anyone had in those days was obtained at church schools. They were the only schooling available in colonial America, anyone who received any kind of elementary education, received it at a church school.
God was very important to the formation of America, most of the population believed in some sort of God and many came here to practice that belief, contrary to what many think today.
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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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