Touching The Untouchables #1: Thomas Jefferson

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"I have sworn upon the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."


     - Thomas Jefferson


I guess that alter must have belonged to the God of Hypocrisy. The man owned slaves for fuck sakes!!!

 

And we're not just talking about some mild form of hypocrisy here. In 1769, as a member of the Virginia state legislature, Jefferson proposed the emancipation of all slaves in the state. And then in his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, in 1776, he wrote this regarding slavery:

 

"...waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people... captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere."

 

He knew slavery to be wrong, he passionately spoke and wrote against it, and yet, upon his death in 1826, 50 years after having written that above passage, the man still owned over a hundred slaves!!

 

Hypocrisy simply doesn't get much worse than that!


  Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
  Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

 

And, if you like history, may I suggest The Winston Churchill Rant

 

Or this: History Has Spoken: Bush Finally Seals The Deal

 

Or this: The Mindless Nationalism Rant: Vimy Ridge, Vimy Ridge, Vimy Ridge

 

Or this: Touching The Untouchables #2: Charlemagne

 

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I've mean to have seen on the telly that Jefferson actually freed some of his slaves, those who had learned a craft or who were very, eh, "whitysh" or "watered-out".