I will close out my weekend posting with a bit of history….American history that few know anything about…..
We all know that most GOPers hold Thomas Jefferson in high regard….which in itself is confusing…..most GOPers are ‘religious’ at least when in the public eye…….and their hero was not….he made his own New Testament without all the ‘miracles…..it is called the “Jefferson Bible”……
Had he lived during the Inquisition, Thomas Jefferson would have been burned at the stake. His ideas about Jesus and Christianity were far from orthodox. A product of the Enlightenment, Jefferson believed that everything, including religion, should be examined in the light of reason.
When Jefferson examined the Gospels he came away with a strongly divided opinion. “I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence,” he wrote in an 1820 letter to William Short, “and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.”
Discover Thomas Jefferson’s Cut-and-Paste Version of the Bible, and Read the Curious Edition Online
Just little history as a lead into my next piece of history.
Jefferson wanted to screw the indigenous people……
Thomas Jefferson once secretly wrote to Congress that the US would try to drive Native Americans into debt in order to take their land.
The US president’s note to lawmakers was referenced in a report from the Interior Department
“In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson delivered a Confidential Message to Congress on Indian Policy explaining a strategy to dispossess Indian Tribes of their territories in part by assimilation,” the report said.
According to the report, Jefferson believed “a policy of assimilation would make it easier and less costly in lives and funding for the United States to separate Indian Tribes from their territories.”
Executed alongside the assimilation policy would be a process to encourage Native Americans to make purchases with credit. The hope, according to the report, was that they would fall into debt, meaning Indian tribes would have to “cede their land” to the US.
“To promote this disposition to exchange lands which they have to spare & we want, for necessaries, which we have to spare & they want, we shall push our trading houses, and be glad to see the good & influential individuals among them run in debt, because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop th[em off] by a cession of lands,” Jefferson wrote in his letter to Congress.
Jefferson had even more ideas on how to screw the NAs…..
Even the so-called ‘pillars’ of our nation were deep down racist pigs.
Plus the vitriol that is part of the American political scene is nothing new…..it goes all the way back to the very beginning of our political process….
John Adams, a hermaphrodite who is secretly trying to marry the American Presidency to the British Crown? Thomas Jefferson, an atheist and anarchist who supports incest? These are just some of the attacks hurled in the election of 1800. You didn’t think the early republic was some golden age of political decorum, did you?
So you see nasty insults are nothing new in America.
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Small wonder Native Americans still have long-standing grudges in 2022.
Best wishes, Pete.
It is understandable…..chuq
I studied the Presidency as my “minor” isn college, and have long had a fascination…I shared this story once about a President who wasn’t killed by his assassin, but the White House Doctors who treated him! Here it is if interested: https://johnrieber.com/2020/01/08/shocking-presidential-history-the-destiny-of-the-republic-wednesdays-bookmobile-has-james-garfield-and-alexander-graham-bell/
My grad work was in political history….thanx for the link I shall check it out. chuq