It’s the first day in the office of the President of the United States, and your desk is piled with orders, directives and reports. Hundreds of world leaders, corporate donors and your enterprising son, Hunter, are all itching to talk to you.
But there is something more important on your mind. You brush aside the momentous decisions, ignore the call from the Pentagon about China’s planes flying over Taiwan and Iran’s announcement it has produced yellow-cake uranium to build an atomic bomb.
This vital task must be completed immediately. War and peace can wait until tomorrow.
The moment has arrived. You finally have the power – to crush the 1776 Commission.
Whether Joe Biden read the interim report of that group or he was just following advice from 1776 critic Dr. Jill, our President not only fired the intellectuals on the 1776 Commission, he also removed mention of them and their findings from the White House website – forever!
In other words he “twitterized” the report in the spirit of how the prior President’s Twitter account was vaporized for exercising speech that unfortunately didn’t please everyone.
This was good news for book-burners everywhere, since it proved that with a wiggle, two mouse clicks, three grunts and a giggle, you can instantly destroy the work of any person or group you don’t like. No more loading trucks with books, and going door to door collecting hated epistles and then polluting the climate with turgid fumes of dissent.
Let’s be careful. I am not accusing the new Joltin’ Joe of being vindictive by seeking revenge because the former President was more coherent and mentally organized.
Biden’s exhibited alacrity to kill a 41-page intellectual report on American values did make me curious.
Anything censored deserves extra inspection. I carefully read the interim 1776, which would have faced nearly two years of review, input from the public and academia, additions, corrections – all before a final product was released.
We will never know the outcome of the intended process, but that didn’t stop nearly every pundit, major newspaper and tv channel from condemning it.
The basic complaint – it was too “patriotic.”
It called for renewed efforts to foster “a brave and honest love for our country.”. – Associated Press
Biden administration officials said the panel “sought to erase America’s history of racial injustice,” but consider these quotes from the report:
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Frederick Douglass had been born a slave, but escaped and eventually became a prominent spokesman for the abolitionist movement. He initially condemned the Constitution, but after studying its history came to insist that it was a “glorious liberty document” and that the Declaration of Independence was “the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny.”
While the media called the report racist, that didn’t agree with conclusions like this:
Despite the determined efforts of the postwar Reconstruction Congress to establish civil equality for freed slaves, the postbellum South ended up devolving into a system that was hardly better than slavery.
The system enmeshed freedmen in relationships of extreme dependency, and used poll taxes, literacy tests, and the violence of vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan to prevent them from exercising their civil rights, particularly the right to vote. Jim Crow laws enforced the strict segregation of the races, and gave legal standing in some states to a pervasive subordination of blacks.
Besides the knee-jerk reaction that the Commission must be a bad idea because Donald Trump appointed it, the critics were also incensed over repudiation of “identity politics”:
Today, far from a regime of equal natural rights for equal citizens, enforced by the equal application of law, we have moved toward a system of explicit group privilege that, in the name of “social justice,” demands equal results and explicitly sorts citizens into “protected classes” based on race and other demographic categories. Eventually this regime of formal inequality would come to be known as “identity politics.”
Identity politics values people by characteristics like race, sex, and sexual orientation and holds that new times demand new rights to replace the old. This is the opposite of King’s hope that his children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” and denies that all are endowed with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In a more perfect society, 1776 and the New York Times’ 1619 would be discussed in forums, debated at schools, perhaps even merged into a single document that noted opposing ideas without condemnation by virtue signalers from all sides of these questions.
In America it should be no crime to disagree that whites are somehow born with original sin and will face Hell if not saved by confession of ancestral error.
Nor is it wrong to insist that centuries of inherited wealth and today’s crony capitalism’s rewards are not often available to blacks, who are just a couple generations from Jim Crow and KKK.
For many blacks and whites, decades of redlining and poverty were caused by public officials, who were often aided, even guided, by slum landlords, con men and developers who sucked funds from poor neighborhoods just to promote downtown gentrification and venues for the upper middle class.
Hopefully, Biden will follow the money to solve some of our nation’s inequality, instead of pandering to those deciding who is culturally naughty or nice, based on skin color.
If you would like to download the 1776 initial report, use the following link:
Commission members included:
Larry P. Arnn, Chair
Carol Swain, Vice Chair
Matthew Spalding, Executive Director
L Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State
Christopher C. Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense
David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior
Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mitchell M. Zais, Acting Secretary of Education
Brooke Rollins, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
Doug Hoelscher, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs
Individuals who assisted with the preparation of the 1776 Report: William Bock, Alexandra Campana, Ariella Campana, Joshua Charles, Brian Morgenstern, Macy Mount, McKenzie Snow, and Alec Torres