Patrick Barkman of Cleburne (Johnson Co) TX on 1776 and What it Means Now. Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Patrick Barkman of Cleburne (Johnson Co) TX on 1776 and What it Means Now.

2 July 2007 at 1:40:11 PM

Good essay in the Cleburne Times-Review

Just as America was founded on slavery, so, too was it founded on the wholesale theft of land from the original inhabitants. In another irony of history, if the British had made better use of their Indian allies, like the brilliant Mohawk leader Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant), they would have won the war. In a very real sense, America owes its existence to the Indians. But, as my old Civil War and Reconstruction professor used to say, history is not written in the subjunctive. For all its moral equivocation, the mere fact of America’s creation and continued existence transformed the world in a still-ongoing global democratic revolution.

And so, while the ends do not necessarily justify the means, before we condemn the decisions the Founders made, we should frankly evaluate the results of those decisions. And, to paraphrase Nietzche, as we gaze into history, history gazes back at us. If we arrogate to ourselves the moral authority to judge the Founders, we must also judge ourselves and our stewardship of the Revolution. What have we done to justify their risk of their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor? What have we, personally, done to correct the errors in judgment we can see like motes in the eyes of our ancestors, while ignoring the beams that cloud our own vision.

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