Charlottesville Will No Longer Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday




You know, President Trump really is a genius.

A few days after the chaos in Charlottesville, Trump held an instantly-infamous press conference where he said, among other things, that there were “very fine people on both sides.” The media, dishonest to the last drop, immediately ran with the incorrect story that Trump had called neo-Nazis “very fine people,” when in fact he specifically denounced racists, neo-Nazis, and Heather Heyer’s killer throughout the press conference.

And here is what he said to defend some of the people in attendance in Charlottesville:

“If you take a look at some of the groups, and you see — and you’d know it if you were honest reporters, which in many cases you’re not — but many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.

“So this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

Oh, did he say Thomas Jefferson? C’mon, surely we’ll never come to the day when the friggin’ author of the friggin’ Declaration of friggin’ Independence would ever be canceled by today’s sensitive social justice—

Oh.

From The New York Times:

For the first time since World War II, Charlottesville won’t honor the Founding Father’s birthday this spring. Instead, on Tuesday, the city will celebrate the demise of the institution with which Jefferson increasingly has become associated: slavery.

Liberation and Freedom Day, as the new holiday is known, will commemorate when Union troops arrived here on March 3, 1865, and freed the enslaved people who made up a majority of Charlottesville’s residents.

“This marks a wholesale shift in our understanding of the community’s history,” said Jalane Schmidt, a professor at the University of Virginia who helped organize the events, which, despite the name, stretch all week. “To take Thomas Jefferson’s birthday off the calendar and add this is a big deal.”

Existential headache intensifies.

If you wanted to boil the Founding Fathers down to just a single Founding Father, it would be hard to make a case for anyone other than Jefferson. We called Trump a “genius” at the outset of this piece, but Jefferson was the real deal. A man of brilliance – the kind that comes along once in a generation, if then. His ideas helped form our fledgling country, setting into motion the single greatest experiment in human freedom since the beginning of human history.

Like literally every other human being who has ever lived, Thomas Jefferson was not perfect. It is known.

But turning our backs on Jefferson will not correct the wrongs of the past. It certainly won’t hurt Jefferson, who is nearly 200 years in the grave. It will only hurt us to ignore and denigrate this astounding thinker whose unparalleled mental clarity helped sail The Great American Ship into the future.

By the time the left is done wiping out our historical heroes, who will be left to look up to? Colin Kaepernick? Nancy Pelosi? Megan Rapinoe?

God help us.


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