Bernie Sanders and Blake Simons: Perpetrators of a 200 year old deceit

Abraham Lincoln fought

Bernie Sanders, Abe Linconln, Blake Simmons, Stephen Douglas
Bernie Sanders, Abe Linconln, Blake Simmons, Stephen Douglas

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 9, 2015 — Just the other day Blake Simons, a “Black Lives Matter” leader, issued a serious threat to the nation regarding the Constitution of the United States. Simons is the deputy communication director of the Afrikan Black Coalition, and he wrote an article titled “A New Constitution of the Bullet.”

Blake stated that after months of participating in the “Black Lives Matter” movement, claiming their protests have “stormed the country,” he came to the realization that “the Constitution is the root of virtually all our problems in America.”

He specifically revealed this political perspective:

The U.S. is a country that was founded on slavery, genocide, rape, and  white male patriarchy. The colonizers that we condemn for enslaving Afikans and murdering indigenous peoples are the same people that produced and upheld the document we use to govern our nation to this day. Our bloodshed is rooted in this nation’s founding document, The Constitution.

Interestingly enough, around the time of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, currently running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, boldly stated that the nation was founded on racist principles. He claimed these views were actually fact before an audience at Liberty University and generously included that the U.S. has come a long way as a nation since that time of the founding.

It is not surprising that someone seeking the Democratic Party approval to run for POTUS would bring this issue before the American people in 2015 because it is the same type of political propaganda that Democrats have been feeding the gullible for over a hundred years!

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Abraham Lincoln had to deal with this twisted view that the founding of the U.S. was based on racist principles in the Lincoln-Douglas debates! While campaigning against one another in the race for the Senate seat in Illinois in 1858, Lincoln had to counter a similar contention of Stephen A. Douglas.

At some point during the seven debates, Sen. Douglas appealed to his audience to accept the premise that the Founding Fathers were just a bunch of old white men who were creating a nation primarily for whites. The statement revealed his genuine attitude regarding the foundation of this nation.

Lincoln, though many outside of Illinois viewed him as some sort of overgrown country bumpkin, was not gullible, and he proved more than capable of dispelling the mythology that Douglas wanted to perpetrate. It may not have surprised Lincoln that Douglas maintained such a view, as it had been perpetuated by Democrats for a good period of time to justify their enslavement of the blacks, especially in the Deep South. Lincoln basically asked Douglas why the founders had outlawed slavery in the Northwest Territory through the Northwest Ordinance if they were not concerned about the black man.

The unfortunate reality today is that many Americans have no clue what the Northwest Ordinance was or what it accomplished in U.S. history. Part of the reason for this is the way U.S. history is taught in classrooms across the country. But one should expect that a man of Bernie Sanders’ status would know better.

But, why did a man of importance and a judge and acting state senator like Stephen A. Douglas support such an idea? In actuality, the Illinois Democrat did not have any qualms about expressing his point of view because he believed it. Most likely, Blake Simons believes what he has stated, and since Bernie Sanders is a socialist, he undoubtedly believes this perspective.

Yet Lincoln had a point with regard to the Northwest Ordinance, passed in the summer of 1787 at the same time the Founding Fathers were constructing the Constitution. The law forbade the spread of slavery into the territory that was won from Great Britain in the American War for Independence. It was uncontested by the white Southern aristocracy since they did not believe that the northern climate would be conducive to an economy dependent upon slavery. However, in 1776, the aristocratic slave owners fought against the inclusion of numerous words and phrases that Jefferson had originally written in the Declaration of Independence that condemned slavery.

Four score and a couple of years later Douglas proclaimed that the Declaration did not allow blacks the rights of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. His premise was fully consistent with the view of the Democrats of his day and of many others, and it perpetuated the idea that the Founding Fathers were just a bunch of white men creating the United States primarily for white people.

This point of view was exactly opposite of what Abraham Lincoln had known as a Whig and then later defended as a Republican candidate. In the first debate between Douglas and Lincoln in Ottawa, Ill., on Sept. 18, 1858, Lincoln spoke about his mentor and the man he referred to as his “ideal of a statesman,” Henry Clay:

“Henry Clay once said of a class of men who would repress all tendencies to liberty and ultimate emancipation, that they must, if they would do this, go back to the era of our independence and muzzle the cannon which thunders its joyous return; they must blow out the moral lights around us; they must penetrate the human soul and eradicate there the love of liberty; and then and not until then, could          they perpetuate slavery in this country! To my thinking, Judge Douglas is, by his example and vast influence, doing the very thing… when he says that the Negro has nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence. Henry Clay plainly understood the contrary. Judge Douglas is going back to the era of our Revolution, and to the extent of his ability, muzzling the cannon which thunders its annual joyous return. When he invites any people willing to have slavery to establish it, he is blowing out the moral lights around us.”

There are those today who choose to focus on only half of the story and to perpetuate a deception that all of the white Founding Fathers were racists or cared nothing for the blacks, and yet they likely are educated enough to know the truth. These people today choose to ignore the bold efforts of white people who fought for freedom and gave their lives for others – for those of other races.

There are those today who choose to ignore the ages-long struggle for freedom in this land and upon foreign soil, where common men and women died to make others free. To trample on their memory and perpetuate deceit in insisting in a lie for personal gain or political power is disgusting.

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As this country was founded, there were those who called themselves Americans, yet they did not believe in the ideals of the Declaration of Independence or other founding documents, and they shared false loyalty to the Constitution and created governments in the Southern states based upon tyranny and not freedom. Eventually, these Confederates showed their true colors.

They chose to discredit the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and to destroy the Constitution. They chose to dishonor the principles of the Founding Fathers. They were not Americans. They had the name of Americans, but they were not.

There are those among us today who do not believe in the Declaration of Independence or have trust in the Constitution. They are like those Confederates of old who lived within the boundaries of the nation, making a pretense of loyalty to the United States, but when their agenda and precious values were at stake, they made it very clear in their actions where their loyalties were focused.

The nation is once again divided between those who believe in the ideals of the founders, and those intent on destroying those ideals through deceit and destruction.

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Dennis Jamison
Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.