In the original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence there was a very telling passage that was unfortunately removed from the final draft. It represents the acknowledgement of the heinous nature of slavery and the intent of many of our Founders to abolish it. Granted this sentiment was not universal, to our collective shame, but the intent was there and genuine none the less.
Among the list of grievances was this passage:
“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobium of INFIDEL Powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the LIBERTIES of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the LIVES of another.” – Transcript of Declaration of Independence (Rough Draft)
The removal of this passage was largely based on economic and commercial concerns, rather than wholly racial. The fact remains that our Founders revered the ideals of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for ALL of mankind, regardless of race, creed or religion. The continuation of the slave trade and slavery in general is inexcusable, but to know that the original intent and ideals upon which this nation was founded were meant for all should give everyone pause to reflect on the depth and sincerity of their conviction. In my studies of our nation’s founding and those great men that brought it about, I am constantly amazed at the true dedication to the ideology of Liberty that they so deeply embraced. This admiration is a double-edged sword; while inspiring, it is also heartbreaking to see how poorly we have lived up to the legacy that we inherited.
In honor of this Black History Month, I pray that we ALL can look beyond the pains and horrors of our past and connect with the ideals upon which this nation was truly founded. All races, color-blind to our outward physical differences and committed to the ideology of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Where each of us, regardless of our circumstances of birth, can rise to the pinnacle of their ability without their ability to do so being limited by those around them. There is a long list of men and women of color throughout America’s history who have made significant contributions to this nation and the world. Benjamin Banneker, Sojourner Truth (aka Isabella Baumfree), Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Elijah McCoy, all in the 1st century of America, made major contributions in science, engineering, politics and social change. In the last century Black Americans have been even more influential from civil rights to arts, sciences, athletics and politics just to name a few, up to and including our current President of the United States.
Being a “conservative,” I am often accused of being a “racist” and that is largely due to my political and philosophical disagreements with our current President, his administration and in large part his political party as a whole. That could not be farther from the truth, because my disagreements have nothing to do with the “the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr. I have nothing but respect for their personal achievements, as I respect many, many, many Black Americans with whom I agree politically and/or philosophically. I may disagree with Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and even President Obama, but I find myself agreeing quite often with people like Condoleeza Rice, Alveda King, Allen West and Clarence Thomas. New young Black Conservatives like Mia Love, Tim Scott and Chelsi P. Henry represent a bright future for both this nation and Black Americans as well. It’s not all about politics either, a prime example is Mr. Colion Noir whose politics I know nothing about, but I respect his positions on gun issues and personal responsibility, as well as his dedication to educating others.
Those who embrace our founding principles give me hope, but those who dwell on the horrors, both past and present, continue a division that was never meant to be a part of the American culture. I do not turn a blind eye to those evils, however I pray that we can all move beyond them and join together in goodness and unity to defeat them. We cannot survive much longer as a nation with our people divided by something as arbitrary as the color of their skin, which none of us have any control over. We CAN survive, thrive and grow as a nation if we hold to the principles that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.