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A Fourth of July Follow-up
Jul 08, 2010
John didn't quote sources for his disparaging comment about the backers of the U.S. Constitution. Appears to be his sources were in line with the liberal line that wants to dig for dirt on famous Americans in the past. In my opinion, this commentary on the earthly fathers of this nation do not deserve this guessing about personal motive of people 200 years ago. I know John meant well, but this subject was best left unsaid.
***Editor's Note: John did in fact quote a source for his comments. Below is the transcript of the "John's World" segment the viewer is talking about.
John's World: July 3-4, 2010
THIS FOURTH OF JULY, THERE WILL BE MANY SOLEMN WORDS RIGHTFULLY HONORING THIS REMARKABLE EVENT. BUT THE FOURTH OF JULY MAY BE ALL THE MORE SIGNIFICANT WHEN WE STUDY THE MUNDANE FACTS SURROUNDING THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
ONE ASPECT HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED BY HISTORIAN ROBERT ALLISON. WHILE WE HAVE LIONIZED THE FOUNDING FATHERS INTO GIANTS OF FORESIGHT AND VIRTUE, THE DETAILS ARE MORE AMBIGUOUS. THE VIRGINIA DELEGATION, FOR EXAMPLE, WAS DOMINATED BY LARGE FARMOWNERS WHO, UNLIKE THEIR YANKEE COMPATRIOTS, LONGED TO ASCEND INTO THE ENGLISH ARISTOCRACY. SOME, LIKE GEORGE WASHINGTON, PURSUED A COMMISSION IN THE ENGLISH ARMY AS THE PATH TO THE GENTRY, BUT MANY OTHERS CHOSE TO SIMPLY MIMIC THE BRITISH UPPER CLASS -- IN THE PROCESS LIVING WELL BEYOND THEIR MEANS. SOUNDS FAMILIAR.
BY THE MID-1700S, THEIR DEBT LOAD TO ENGLISH BANKS AND INVESTORS HAD BECOME PROBLEMATIC. SO WHEN THE FIERY DELEGATIONS FROM NORTHERN COLONIES PROPOSED INDEPENDENCE AS A WAY TO STOP OVERSEAS INTERFERENCE, MANY OF THE VIRGINIANS SAW A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO CANCEL HUGE DEBTS. THAT WAS THE KEY FACTOR IN THEIR SUPPORT OF THE DECLARATION. I FOUND THIS REVELATION UPLIFTING. IF SO MUCH GOOD HAS COME FROM MIXED MOTIVES AND BRAVE BUT FLAWED CITIZENS, WE TOO ARE CAPABLE OF GREAT ACTS. IN FACT, THIS MAY BE OUR MOMENT TO WRITE HISTORY.