Biden Chooses 1619 Over 1776

 

On his first day in office, President Biden unilaterally eliminated the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, which had written the 1776 Report as the only action of its brief tenure.

The Report (which is well worth reading) had been met by full-throated hysteria from the Left, although in any other age it would have been regarded as informative and moderate. The report was written in response to the 1619 Project, now being introduced to school children nationwide, which holds that the introduction of slaves, not the Declaration, was the seminal event in American history.

The Report was not intended to plow new ground but to educate Americans about their unique and sometimes complicated history. The Report emphasizes how unique for the times was the founders’ commitment to political and personal liberty as well as the natural equality of all. It reviews the founding principle of natural rights endowed by our Creator, for which government is the safeguard.

The founders knew that previous attempts at republican government had floundered primarily due to class chaos and/or tyranny of the majority, so several safeguards were built in to prevent any group or branch of government from accumulating excessive power.

The written constitution gave substance to the founding principles, creating a unique combination of durability and liberty.  Our precious freedoms of speech, religious liberty, and the right to bear arms are specifically protected in amendments.

But the report doesn’t whitewash historical injustices either, such as the continuation of slavery. Yet the commitment to equality was heartfelt and today we know the result. Slavery was eliminated by a bloody Civil War 70 years later and the union was preserved.

It’s hard to defend the extension of slavery into the 19th century, but the historical probability is that if the founders had refused to compromise initially, the union would have fractured, creating a permanent slave nation. The suffering of those slaves bought immense blessings for their descendants.

The report also describes other threats to the constitutional order, such as fascism and communism, both of which were significant threats in their time.  Progressivism, which argues we are better off surrendering our liberties to expansive, paternalistic government, is a current challenge.

Moreover, resurgent racism, the claim that race, gender, and sexual preference define who we are rather than remain incidental to our shared humanity, is in direct contradiction to the Declaration and Constitution.

The report stresses that because slavery and voting restrictions were antithetical to our founding principles, it was actually the Constitution that provided the eventual basis for their elimination. Two of the great historical figures in the ending of slavery and achieving full constitutional rights for blacks, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, agreed.

Both argued for realizing and enforcing the founders’ vision. They recognized the Constitution as the great freedom document empowering black liberation.

Tragically, school children today are taught, and so growing numbers of Americans believe, that America’s history is primarily the saga of implacable bigotry and exploitation by the European descendants who founded the republic.

Critical Race Theory blames the purported debacle on the innate racism and claims of superiority supposedly held by all whites, an inborn characteristic not shared by other races. Students are taught to loathe their own country for its insidious but pervasive evils.

But as the late Walter Williams reminded us, American blacks post-slavery made greater gains, over severe obstacles, in a shorter time frame, than any racial group in history. Their unprecedented success, even though it has been hindered by the modern welfare state, speaks not only to the courage of a people but to the land of opportunity in which they lived.

The 1776 Report recounts that government of, by, and for the people, the rule of law and equality before the law, are part of our great national heritage. It reminds us that there is much about America to love, not because it is perfect, but because self-criticism and expected improvement are innate to our national character.

In 2021, the report was effectively spiked by the President of the United States. Generations of Americans who served and died for their country would have found that a crushing disappointment.

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  1. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat
    @GossamerCat

    Joe Biden is a completely odious man.  He sold his soul to be President, and the price of admission was a complete surrender to leftist ideology.  

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  2. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
    Eugene Kriegsmann
    @EugeneKriegsmann

    @gossamercat said it very well. After watching Biden’s first presser today, I am convinced that he was not the driving force in his run for the presidency. Biden was propped up like a Charlie McCarthy dummy and fed lines to read by a very active, virulent, and determined wing of the Democrat party. They had spent nearly five years doing everything they could to paint Donald Trump as an enemy of freedom and democratic government. In truth, he did very little in his communications to the public to demonstrate the idiocy of those charges. What he did do in terms of policies and executive orders was often ham-handed, totally lacking finesse, simply giving credence to the Democrat’s claims, at least to those already inclined to believe. His personal crassness, though not fatal, turned a lot of those on the boundaries against him. Those were the people, in my opinion, who decided the election against Trump.

    As one who has had a long held interest in American history, the 1619 Project struck me immediately as absurd, misinformed, or just plain propaganda propagated by enemies of our country, foreign and domestic, a goodly number of whom are currently holding office in our congress. They are not the loyal opposition that once populated that body. Many hold views that not too many years ago would have been considered traitorous. Now they are just seen as internationalists, believers in One-World government, a government in which they see themselves and their personal fortunes growing well beyond their prospects in the current situation. After all, all pigs are equal, however, some are more equal than others.

    It is very sad to see patriotism abandoned for personal enrichment. We know, if the Hunter Biden information is true, that Joe sold out a long time ago. Now, in his senescence, it is not hard to see him completing his sellout, if he even understands what he is doing. He has been justifying selling out the well-being of his country for a very long time in order to accumulate wealth. Why not just put a cap on it? He has been a liar who is frequently convinced of his lies. There were a few whoppers in today’s speech, but he spoke them as though their truth was known to all. He may not even know that he was lying. He seemed that disconnected from reality.

    I don’t know how many people watched today’s press conference. If he has performed like that during the campaign, even with all of his faults Trump would have won. They did well hiding him away in his basement. I suspect that that pattern is going to continue. I can’t wait to hear the analysis on both sides. This is all so pathetic!

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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Yes, the 1776 Report is worth reading, and we should all download a copy, as a precaution, from the Trump White House archive.

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  4. JamesSalerno Coolidge
    JamesSalerno
    @JamesSalerno

    While I agree with a lot of the 1776 project, I don’t want it in the schools. Same goes for the 1619 project. The central government should have no say whatsoever in what goes on in the schools. That’s a local issue. We would solve an awful lot of problems if we decentralized.

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