Shameful Moments in American History

Now that I’m working, it’s difficult to have an opportunity to listen to Rush Limbaugh.  But here and there, I get opportunities when my boss sends me out to make company deposits at the local bank.

I was stuck in the drive-through lane behind a woman in a Mercedes who must have been carefully tending to her investments.  The wait in line was longer than drive from my office and back.  In the meantime, I got to listen to Rush’s “I’m ashamed of my country speech.”

He was right to feel angry watching the sequesterpus in chief terrifying our country with talk of crisis, destruction, no more meat inspections, cops, teachers, firefighters or air controllers (or DEA inspectors – that wouldn’t be so bad if medical packagers didn’t have to have $175 thousand “sequestered” out of them).

Obviously Obama’s lying if I have to wait in line behind an affluent woman in a Mercedes do her drive-by banking.  What’s shameful is not that the politicians of all ilk are doing this to us, but that we’re sitting on our hands while they do it.

The United States has its share of shameful moments, beginning with certain events during the Colonial Era on into the present.

  • The Salem Witch Trials – 1692.  Progressives love to point to the original witch hunt as the nadir of religious repression.  Twenty adults were burned as witches on the testimony of a handful of hysterical teenagers in Salem, Mass.
  •  The Boston Massacre.  We’ve been taught, by Socialists, what a disgrace this was.  They especially point to the killing of Crispus Attucks, a black freeman.  Actually, the Colonials started it and Attucks made the first move, amongst the stone-wielding, drunken mob.  John Adams later defended the British soldiers; all but one were acquitted of all charges.
  •  Benedict Arnold.  His betrayal of the Colonialists to the British at one point makes him one of the great scapegoats of history.  What Progressive teachers don’t teach is the political betrayal of Arnold, until that point a truly heroic American general, that led him to his treacherous act.
  •  The defeat of Thomas Jefferson’s 1784 proposal to ban slavery in new territories after 1802.  Sort of makes you think about Jefferson in a new light.  By the way, the 3/5’s law was meant to protect the slaves in the South.  Had they been fully counted, Southern landowners would have had enough representation in Congress to make slavery a permanent institution.
  •  The Alien & Sedition Acts, 1798.  Passed by the Federalists, this law was intended to silence political opposition, the very evil for which the Colonists had fled England and Europe.
  • Marbury v. Madison, 1803.  The Court ruled that Congress had exceeded its power in the Judiciary Act of 1789.  The United States Judiciary Act of 1789 (ch. 20, 1 Stat. 73) was a landmark statute adopted on Sept. 24, 1789 in the first session of the First United States Congress establishing the U.S. Federal Judiciary. Article III, section 1 of the Constitution prescribed that the “judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court,” and such inferior courts as Congress saw fit to establish. It made no provision, though, for the composition or procedures of any of the courts, leaving this to Congress to decide.  The existence of a separate federal judiciary had been controversial during the debates over the ratification of the Constitution.  Anti-Federalists had denounced the judicial power as a potential instrument of national tyranny. Indeed, of the ten amendments that eventually became the Bill of Rights, five (the fourth through the eighth) dealt primarily with judicial proceedings. Even after ratification, some opponents of a strong judiciary urged that the federal court system be limited to a Supreme Court and perhaps local admiralty judges. The Congress, however, decided to establish a system of federal trial courts with broader jurisdiction, thereby creating an arm for enforcement of national laws within each state.  The Court thus established its power to review acts of Congress and to declare invalid those it found to be in conflict with the Constitution.
  • Tammany Hall.  William “Boss” Tweed of New York City convicted of stealing public funds.  As with all things progressive, it is now common-place.
  • The 16th Amendment providing for a permanent federal income tax, 1913.  The 17th Amendment, allowing U.S. Senators to be elected by direct popular vote, bypassing the Constitution and the safety of the U.S. Constitution. 
  • Watergate.  Pres. Richard Nixon’s resignation shook the country’s faith in its government.  It wasn’t the cover-up; it actually was the crime.  Although Nixon may have been right about the Democrats accepting foreign campaign donations, this wasn’t the way to find out.  Watergate was the epitome of party and politics before country.
  • Monicagate.  There is probably no President more disgraceful than William Jefferson Clinton entertaining an intern in the intimacy of the Oval Office.  At least Nixon’s disgrace could be understood if not condoned.

There are other, numerous American disgraces.  The riots of the 1960’s.  The failure to win the Viet Nam War.  The removal of the United States from the gold standard.  The increasing power of the Supreme Court to rewrite or simply negate the U.S. Constitution.

Thumbing through the brief history of the United States, there’s been much more to be proud of than to be ashamed of in our country’s history.  But that’s when our country honored its heritage, even when singular men and women failed it.  Now men and women are betraying our country in great numbers, throwing aside the freedom for which so many perished in the quest of greater financial security.  Freedom is being pushed aside for the Free Ride.

Of all the current Oval Office occupant’s disgraces, none is more obvious than his bowing to foreign potentates.  That was in his first term and ought to have been a clue that he wasn’t fit for the office.  All voters saw was the glint of gold and the opportunity to defy moral and legal restraint.

Rush Limbaugh is quite right to be ashamed of our country, to be ashamed of the politicians who’ve contributed to its decline, to the voters who elected them, and the voters who stayed home and shrugged.



Published in: on February 26, 2013 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  

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