Things the Tea Party Won’t Tell You About the Founding Fathers

The Teapublicans love to quote the Founding Fathers as if they were alive today.  But, the TP picks and chooses their quotes and omits history when it doesn’t fit into their narrow perspective.  Well, they can make up their opinions, but they can’t make up their own facts.

Limited Government: Not Really.

Take into consideration James Madison.  Madison went on to write the Federalist Papers.  But, what the TP won’t tell you in their Founding Father history lessons is that Madison wanted to grant the Federal government the power to veto all state legislation.  He wasn’t successful in getting that issue approved, but he tried many time to do so. 

A Socialist By Any other Name.

Thanks to Glenn Beck, the TP loves to quote Thomas Paine.  But, again, here’s what the TP won’t tell you.  Thomas Paine would be considered a socialist by today’s standards.  The Democrats and President Obama would be considered ultra conservative.  Here’s why.  Paine felt that those who owned property without community responsibility owed something in return to the people who did not own property.

Paine states, “Taking it then for granted that no person ought to be in a worse condition when born under what is called a state of civilization, than he would have been had he been born in a state of nature, and that civilization ought to have made, and ought still to make, provision for that purpose, it can only be done by subtracting from property a portion equal in value to the natural inheritance it has absorbed.”

Paine also wanted to pay the expenses of the elderly and the disabled.  And, he wanted to give all citizens the equivalent of  about $30,000 in today’s dollars, when they reached their 21st birthday.  He proposed paying for all of this through estate tax. 

Paine writes,” It is not charity but a right, not bounty but justice, that I am pleading for. The present state of civilization is as odious as it is unjust. It is absolutely the opposite of what it should be, and it is necessary that a revolution should be made in it. The contrast of affluence and wretchedness continually meeting and offending the eye, is like dead and living bodies chained together. Though I care as little about riches as any man, I am a friend to riches because they are capable of good.”

The Constitution.

The TP would have you think the Founding Fathers were unanimous when they signed off on the Constitution in 1787.  That was far from the truth.  Of the 55 men who gathered in Philadelphia to draft the language of the United States Constitution, only 35 actually signed.   The rest, like John Hancock, protested and sided with the “Anti-Federalists” opposing ratification.  Of the signers, there was not a single man who approved of everything in the final draft. 

Guns: To Have or Have Not.

Most of the  Founding Fathers didn’t care about your gun rights.  Contrary to what the TP would have you believe.  What the Founding Fathers did want was a well regulated militia.  The Founding Fathers did NOT want a standing Army.  They saw what could happen when a government turned the Army on it’s people.  The Framers fought a Revolution over oppression, they did not want to revert back to the ways of England, France and Spain.

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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One Response to Things the Tea Party Won’t Tell You About the Founding Fathers

  1. shelley1laysi says:

    Well stated, some great factual points that needed to be spotlighted. Will Share this one. Thanks

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