Class Warfare Blog

June 20, 2012

Why the Founding Fathers Get So Much Republican Love

I have been puzzled as to why Republican politicians and conservative Supreme Court Judges harken back to “what the Founding Fathers intended” so often but I think I have finally figured it out.

Our “Founding Fathers” (the term wasn’t used during the revolutionary period) were universally . . . men who were unwilling to give any rights to, let’s see: women, Indians, blacks, indentured servants, and “free people” who owned no property. They were almost universally slave holders. (One of my favorites, James Madison (because he recorded so much of the proceedings of the Continental Congress), is quoted as having gushed that he could make $257 on every Negroe slave per year, only having to spend $12-13 dollars in upkeep.) They enshrined slaveholder’s rights into the Constitution. They were generally snobbish toward common people and, at least those who survived the War, were shocked that so many “middling men” (merchants and their ilk) were involving themselves in government. They thought the government should be guided by the steady hand of the better educated aristocratic upper classes.

So, it is entirely logical that Republicans would like to see the U.S. once again become a country where only land owners could vote, certainly not women and minorities. And, the government should be run by those of wealth because only they have the means to see everything clearly. Certainly they don’t have to be scurrying around for mere wages.

Slavery would not be needed, but certainly the Minimum Wage laws need to be repealed along with all those burdensome regulations, like child labor laws, the 40 hour work week, overtime laws, OSHA regulations, health and safety laws, anti-discrimination in employment laws, all laws empowering unions, etc. Markets need to be unfettered to function properly. Obviously tax breaks for corporations and other special considerations are not considered “regulatory” or as being “fetters.”

It makes emminently good sense that Republicans would invoke the spirits of the Founding Fathers and the concept of small government, now when us middling types are wanting more and more from government. Don’t you think?

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4 Comments »

  1. That’s a good point, but it’s not just that: a lot of the conservative affection is based on picking and choosing the favorite pieces at the opportune time: for example, that illegal searches and seizures are wrong (but only when done by Democratic administration), religion should not be restricted (but only a Christian religion). Or sometimes they simply claim that things that they want to be true were the Founders’ intent. For example, that USA is a Christian nation.
    FYI, I have nominated your blog for an award (http://listofx.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/10-facts-about-the-award-winning-blogger-list-of-x/). I don’t think it’s a real award, it’s more like a chain letter, but my nomination and appreciation for your blog is real.

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    Comment by List of X — June 20, 2012 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  2. Where did you find that Madison line.

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    Comment by Richard — June 30, 2012 @ 2:04 pm | Reply


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