Are Tea Partiers Content to Ride in the Short Bus with Michelle Bachmann? - Page 2
Yes. The people who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights, even the ones who OWNED slaves, worked day and night, even decades past their own deaths, to eradicate the evil scourgey blot stain on our history.
James Madison, the last original "Founding Father" died in 1836 and the Emancipation Proclamation wasn't written until 1863, but Madison — never being one to let death stop him when he really wanted something — worked TIRELESSLY to get Lincoln to write that document. Madison was too busy getting Lincoln to free ALL the slaves nearly 30 years after his death that he didn't even have time to free HIS OWN slaves... as Madison was one of the eight US Presidents who owned slaves WHILE serving as president.
Such was the "Founding Fathers' devotion to ending slavery that the foundingest Founding Father of them ALL — GEORGE WASHINGTON — wrote in 1786...
1786: ”I can only say that no man living wishes more sincerely than I do to see the abolition of (slavery)… But when slaves who are happy & content to remain with their present masters, are tampered with & seduced to leave them… it introduces more evils than it can cure."(Hirschfield,p187)
The Second President, John Adams, wrote in 1820...
1820: “I shudder when I think of the calamities which slavery is likely to produce in this country. You would think me mad if I were to describe my anticipations. If the gangrene is not stopped I can see nothing but insurrection of the blacks against the whites.” (Smith,p 138)
Of course we know how much Thomas Jefferson loved HIS slaves... he really, REALLY loved his slaves... really REALLY!
And James Monroe so hated the thought of slavery, he didn't even want to SEE them when they were eventually freed! He wrote in 1819...
1819: "A general emancipation of slaves ought to be 1. gradual. 2. equitable & satisfactory to the individuals immediately concerned. 3. consistent with the existing & durable prejudices of the nation... To be consistent with existing and probably unalterable prejudices in the U.S. freed blacks ought to be permanently removed beyond the region occupied by or alloted to a White population." (Madison.Writings.p729)Continued on the next page