Hamilton, the Cracker Barrel, & Thomas Jefferson: An Explication of Progressive Disdain for the Golden Rule


“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  —Leviticus 19:18, a.k.a. the Golden Rule
The Intolerant Unkindness of Progressives 

Vice President-Elect Pence went to see Hamilton.  Little did he know he would be targeted by Progressives upon entering the theater.  As Pence took his seat, Progressives booed him.  And, as he left, he was lectured at by Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor playing Aaron Burr.

“We, sir—we—are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us . . . or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” Dixon said, revealing his ignorance of the fact that one of the Trump Administration’s biggest supporters is Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay Jewish man who writes about Trump and who just concluded a pro-Trump campaign tour he called his “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”

Progressives & the Golden Rule

Progressives do not always honor the Golden Rule—the principle that everyone should have equal treatment, equal protection.  Progressives see any effort to stop special privileges for minority groups as racist.  They fail to understand that Conservatives, while wishing to eliminate quotas in college admissions and job hiring, at the same time desire to guarantee that every person who needs help preparing for college or work gets it.  The extra help should be available to all who ask, regardless of ethnicity.  Rather than accepting a lower standard for some, the idea is to bring everyone up to standards.  This is in line with the Golden Rule, since the offer is to help all who request it, whereas accepting unprepared students to college or inferior workers ahead of those who are better qualified is unfair.

Seeing through the Lens of Bigotry

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Progressives often refuse to accept the plain meanings of things—the fact that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.  Recently, Progressives have decided to gang up on the Cracker Barrel, claiming the very name of the business is racist!  Rather than see a cracker barrel as a metaphor for a simpler age, the Progressives choose to project their own categories onto the word “cracker”—a term often used by Progressives to put down white people as being inherently racist because they are white.  Apparently, Progressives see the word cracker in Cracker Barrel as what they like to call a “dog whistle”—a noise that only racists can easily hear, perhaps calling them to Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacy meetings over dinner.

Progressive cluelessness, coupled with a need to be faux heroic champions against racism, means that Progressives are easily manipulated by the Democrat media—witness their shaming as racist anyone who prefers “all lives matter” to the phrase “black lives matter.”  By insisting that everyone be included, Conservatives are actually affirming that black lives do matter, but so do everyone else’s lives—which is important, given today’s context of the racist Black Lives Matter group’s targeting of white police officers for assassination.  Affirming that all lives matter merely expands the same good principle to all people, in accordance with the Golden Rule.

Progressive Ideology & Its Rejection of America

To be a Progressive, you must put down all white people, even if you are white yourself.  White progressives are continuously apologizing for all American culture that cannot be traced back to non-whites.  They characterize all of the Founders as nothing more than slaveholders whose Constitution must be a flawed document, due to its creation by whites.

Progressive public school instructors no longer teach that Thomas Jefferson wrote, in the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal,” and that by the word “men” he was including women as well, according to the customary language usage of his day.  Jefferson also stands accused of being a racist who is unfit to quote.  Recently, the President of the University of Virginia, Teresa Sullivan, quoted Jefferson and received blowback from Progressives on faculty.  In her defense, Sullivan wrote, “Quoting Jefferson (or any historical figure) does not imply an endorsement of all the social structures and beliefs of his time, such as slavery. . . .  In the long-standing tradition of open discourse, UVA faculty, staff, and students are free to express their opinions.”  Although well-reasoned, her response, since it does not accuse Jefferson of outright racism, will itself be considered by closed-minded Progressives as racist.

The Truth about Jefferson 

Jefferson was an opponent of slavery who called it a “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot,” believing it to be contrary to Natural Law.  While the Revolutionary War was raging, Jefferson was sponsoring legislation to abolish slavery.  In 1778, he drafted a law in his home state of Virginia banning the importation of African slaves, and, in 1784, he proposed a ban on slavery in the Northwest territories.  Although Jefferson tried to stop slavery, he actually saw an expansion take place, so he discouraged the planting of crops that might encourage more dependence on slave labor.  Jefferson came up with a plan to improve the treatment of slaves and then to emancipate slaves by degrees, making every child born after a certain date a free person.  But sadly, pro-slavery advocates, after Jefferson died, used his ideas about improving slavery to argue that abolition of the slave trade was unnecessary.  While it was illegal to free slaves in Virginia, the law originally allowed for the freeing of slaves upon the death of the slaveholder, up until 1806, when the law was changed.  This is why George Washington could free his slaves upon his death, but Jefferson was not at liberty to do so.

Jefferson did eventually come to suspect that it might be wise to send Africans back to their homeland, once freed, which tends to put Jefferson in a bad light.  But Jefferson was an imperfect man of the age in which he lived, who was influenced on this issue by the fact of the Haitian Revolution of 1800, as well as Gabriel’s [Slave] Rebellion in Virginia that same year.  Jefferson wrote that hanging onto slavery was like holding “a wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go.”  Jefferson thought that America, the world’s first true democratic republic, might eventually be destroyed by slavery, if the institution were not ended.  And Jefferson turned out to be right.  The Union was indeed brought to an end over slavery, and it was left to Abraham Lincoln to restore that Union, ending slavery instead, by means of a bloody civil war.

A Villainous Life or a Human One?

While Jefferson was just a human being, living his life the best way he could, judgmental Progressives tend to convict him in their minds as a villain through and through, typically with very little to offer in the way of any complex understanding—let alone appreciation—of this Founding Father.  Any attempt at a nuanced approach to Jefferson is generally seen by Progressives as racist, since they read such an approach simply as an attempt to justify what they claim is racism.

Frederick Douglass, Affirmer of Constitutional Values

Frederick Douglass, a famous lecturer who had escaped slavery, believed in the Constitution.  He never found this fruit of the Founders to be racist.  Fully aware that 70% of its signers were abolitionists, Douglass saw the Constitution as a blueprint for freedom that all men—being created equal—had a right to.  Douglass comprehended the Constitution in its subtlety; he understood that the 3/5 Clause (Article I, Section 2, Clause 3, of the Constitution) was properly understood as the Anti-Slavery Clause: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”  This clause was insisted on by abolitionist Founders, to encourage the freeing of slaves, by rewarding slave states who might free their slaves with increased representation in Congress.

Conserving the Golden Rule

The party of conserving the Constitution was, and is, Lincoln’s Republican Party, which banned slavery.  Frederick Douglass said, “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”  The Republican Party is still the party of the Golden Rule, which is held in universal esteem by Conservatives, such as Donald Trump, but which is often purblindly and passionately scorned by Progressives.  Let us never forget the racism involved in how Hamilton was cast in the first place, openly advertising on its website, in its casting announcement, that the producers were “seeking NON-WHITE men and women, ages 20s to 30s, for Broadway and upcoming Tours.”  Or does anti-white sentiment not violate the Golden Rule?

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