TalkingPointsMemo says Tennessee tea partiers are trying to fuck with our history:
“No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Sure, no problem.
Washington helped make this country prosperous by supporting slavery, a key element in the wealth of the new nation.
Jefferson made his own personal contribution to “the melting pot”.
Jackson opened the frontier by removing Native Americans from the land.
More (saddening) detail from the Memphis newspaper:
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at,” said Rounds, whose website identifies him as a Vietnam War veteran of the Air Force and FedEx retiree who became a lawyer in 1995.