News flash: Editorial writers don't know history
But they do looooove leftist projects. Case in point: Yesterday's editorial in the Charlotte Observer, entitled "Our task: Making founders’ values real," justified Obama's big-government agenda with a number of jaw-dropping assertions. Here's one of them: "Obama reminded Americans that the country is not living up to its creed – that all people are created equal – when many millions are deprived of real opportunity because of the circumstances of their birth." C'mon, fellas! The most cursory reading of Jefferson's life work shows he did NOT believe in equality. Even in the narrow context of the Declaration of Independence, from which that quote about equality is wrenched, it's obvious Jefferson wasn't preaching egalitarianism. He was instead arguing that ALL PEOPLES have the right of self-determination, even to the extreme of a people who once swore loyalty to a government that has become oppressive. The Founders waged a conservative revolution to win back their traditional rights, not to cook up new ones. One of the transgressions Jefferson listed against George III in his "long train of abuses" was that the British monarch had abolished "the free System of English Laws" in the colonies. Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia, organized an "Ethipian Regiment" of former slaves who swore loyalty to the crown, which Jefferson denounced as exciting "domestic insurrections amongst us." And the Declaration's accusation that the British had "endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages," does not suggest the Founders envisioned a multicultural nation, but instead a nation founded on their European heritage. The Observer editorial then drops this whopper to argue for the use of force to enact Obama's agenda: "After all, the founders established a strong central government responsive to the consent of the governed..." Let's vet the first assertion about a "strong central government." The first pact among the 13 sovereign states was the Articles of Confederation, which lasted from 1776 to 1789. The Articles asserted the sovereignty of each state, except for the specific powers delegated to the confederation. The Constitution that replaced the Articles retained the principle of States' Rights in the 10th Amendment. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, observed, "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." Finally, the Founders DID NOT create a democracy. The institution of the Electoral College, which put the election of the central government's chief executive under the control of the sovereign State governments, reveals how much the Founders distrusted popular government. To paraphrase Daniel Moynihan, the Observer is entitled to its own opinions, but not to its own American history.