by June Griffin
For the column this month, we hereby submit my answer to a gentleman who wrote me proclaiming the popular drivel and distortions of our American founding fathers, of whom today's pleasure-seeking and bored generation are unworthy.
Dear Sir: Your article was forwarded to me. You have assumed I am a "southerner," which I suppose means that I am somehow ignorant and probably hold what is commonly called "red-neck views." As a matter of fact, while I am proud to live in the South and find the term "yankee," true, as defined in the old Library of Congress Dictionary: "to yankee someone is only a little better than to cheat him," yet the fact is that I am for Old Glory. I would have stood with Susan Brownlow in Knoxville during the Civil War who held off 100 Rebels with her firearm when they threatened to take down the American flag in her front yard. I happen to honor Old Glory but if you go against the Bill of Rights and State Sovereignty, we will have another long talk and the Rebels and Yanks will join together playing, "Home, Sweet Home," as the opposing bands blended their tears at a certain point in the War. They both hated Tories.
I am plain sick and tired of having the founders derided. Now it is said that these men were, as well as being pretty much ne'er-do-wells in their private lives, were drunks. I will not convince you so I have decided to put forth this proposal.
1. Consider the source of your information whether they feared going to court for perjury and to hell for lying. The first put-down of our history relates to Washington's honesty in refusing to tell a lie. The cherry tree incident can be documented and since Washington had the blessing of Francis Asbury, Methodist Circuit Rider, who couldn't tell a lie, and blessed Washington on his second Inaugural, calling him the temporal saviour of his country, we know that these preachers put the fear of God in their hearers. As opposed to today's antinomian naysayers who lie with effrontery, after having kissed the blarney stone. These preachers didn't bless every Tom, Dick or Harry.
2. But if your assertions were true, which they are not, show me men today who would lead the country into PHYSICAL war, pray an hour a day for victory, encourage barefooted soldiers to fight to the finish and gain an unconditional surrender from today's Tories, the ACLU, the SPLC, Freedom from Religion, Americans United for Separation of God and State, et al, and other adversaries...
And let womanizers like Benjamin Franklin call for public prayers in Congress and leave a legacy of wisdom in his almanacs which have expression today among normal people...And let God answer those prayers.
Why, such base and vile characters ordered public prayers in Congress, and more amazing than all this, God answered those prayers! And even swore in on the Word of God! Where are such sinners today?!
Let the Jefferson of today write a Declaration of Independence and offer his life, his fortune and his sacred honor, praising and depending on God's Providence and ordering Congress to print Bibles to be distributed to the Indians. The LIE about Jefferson carrying on with a black woman has already been debunked in the newspaper. Try to keep up, sir - you are falling behind.
Now it is being told that Samuel Adams was a drunk and have named a whiskey after him. Same principle applies - bring forth the drunks and liquor dealers that have the true spirit of courage and will not sell their dark wares through the convenience stores.
How many of the profligate founders (according to you) would jail tax protesters or threaten to take away your guns or try to make you feel bad about spanking a child or forbid prayer and Bible reading in public schools, or promote the plethora of other idiotic regulations we daily face?
I do not find the caliber of men today who will put their money where their mouth or their computer is who will face off in a real militia with guns and ammo against anyone who threatens one of the tenets of the Bill of Rights. Good men are hidden and are not trying to pick away at our founders to justify their own failures. "When the wicked rule, good men hide themselves."
When the aforesaid debauched founding fathers' ancestors will gain me the right to drive a car without furnishing a social security number for the application, then we'll talk about integrity and righteousness. None of these men would have dreamed of forcing through government mandates and grants such as idiotic bribery in order to get money back in their district. See 42 USC 666. Or say, "Click it or ticket," meaning you won't get your grant-ticket to give back to the local contractors. The womanizer (according to you) Franklin wrote: "He who relinquishes essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither safety or liberty."
But remember to buckle up or your State won't get its road funds.
If you would want more real information on our founding fathers and our history, I will give you a copy of the History of U. States by Rev. Charles Goodrich, 1822. He was afraid to tell a lie.
For God and Country