John Adams to Henry Laurens, in a letter dated November 6, 1782
News of John Laurens’s death on August 27, 1782 was enclosed in this letter. On November 12, 1782, Henry Laurens replied with the following:
For the rest, the Wound is deep, but I apply to myself the consolation which I administered to the Father, of the Brave Colonel Parker. ‘Thank God I had a Son who dared to die in defence of his Country.’
If the Founding Fathers could look at America today, they’d be horribly disappointed- namely because slavery’s been abolished and women, POC, and the poor can vote and run for office. So excuse me if I don’t give a flying fuck what they’d think about socialized medicine, gun control, or same-sex marriage.
Most of the Founders were anti-slavery. They just weren’t anti-slavery enough to do much about it. So I think they’d be pretty pleased about that.
Not going to dispute the other assertions.
It’s worthwhile to acknowledge that they created a framework flexible enough to withstand all those changes made since their era (14th Amendment, 19th Amendment, Civil Rights Act of 1964 etc.)
Meeeeh I guess. *shrugs*
It’s important to be aware of context. They were most impressive within the context of their time and perspective, putting the ideals of the Enlightenment into practice on a large scale for the first time.
And important thing to remember when it comes to social justice: no one is perfect, especially people who lived in what we might consider ‘backward’ times. We can’t impose our own standards on those in the past and expect historical figures to live up to them.
But that doesn’t mean we should pretend gross immoralities like slavery weren’t a big deal, either.
As long as a balance can be struck between acknowledging the ways in which historical figures like the Founders were exceptional while also acknowledging the ways in which they failed/were disappointing
It sounds so obvious when it’s put that way. Which makes me wonder why no one does it.
Pro-tip to everyone: before you start wailing about how some is villainizing the Founders or white-washing the Founders, check to make sure that’s what they’re actually doing.