1619 Project

Beto’s Racist City Upon a Hill

Paul Kengor, The American Spectator

To Beto and boys and girls, America is exceptional for its evils, especially its “endemic,” “foundational” racism. Here’s a country hell-bent on slavery, bondage, “founded on white supremacy,” and “every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery.” Liberal Democrats are engaged in a nasty racial McCarthyism. They have politicized and weaponized race, and Beto O’Rourke is top gun among the 2020 brigade of Democrat candidates for the Oval Office. For Beto, it isn’t merely Donald Trump who’s racist, but the United States of America.

The New York Times attempts to rewrite history

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

“The goal of the 1619 Project is to reframe American history.” More like rewrite it. This is the stuff of totalitarian regimes where the media serves as a propaganda organ for the state, in this case the surging left wing of the Democratic Party. No more America beginning with the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers and the Constitution. Africans had no say in these, though Jefferson’s brilliant line about all of us being created equal would resound nearly a century later in a Civil War that led to the freeing of slaves and the long road to achieving Jefferson’s noble statement.

The Ghost Of John C. Calhoun Haunts Today’s American Left

John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

From its founding, Americans really did believe in their principles—and were acutely aware of the gulf between those principles and practice, above all the practice of slavery. That’s one reason more than one-third of the states between 1776 and 1800 abolished slavery, and even more of them, including southern states, restricted it. That’s also why Calhoun, a generation later, had to construct an entirely new political philosophy, based on junk science and metaphysical determinism, of American government: he knew it would be impossible to preserve slavery under the Founders’ constitutional system.

The left’s vile smear of America’s founding

Rich Lowry, New York Post

It is certainly true that an American nation existed prior to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and slavery was its great sin, with permutations still felt today. But to pretend that racism is the essence of America and constituted one of the country’s founding principles is an odious and reductive lie. Rather than enhancing the moral standing of slavery, the Founding tended to undermine it. In the broadest gauge, it’s a mistake to treat the United States as an outlier in terms of its racial attitudes, when it was really an outlier in its (imperfect) embrace of liberty.