Washington vs Jefferson and Newt Gingrich's revisionist history.
Just now on MSNBC, resident republican reject, who was ousted by his own party as being nuts, Newt Gingrich wrote a book about Washington claiming he was the most responsible for creating our nation. NO he was the most responsible for winning the war. But he was one of many that wrote our Constitution.
However, like most idiots, misses context. While it may be tactically true that if he had not crossed the Delaware with his physically strained and freezing military, you could make the case that the war would have been lost.
However, what Newt failed to mention is that many speculated on making George Washinton a king, and not a republic, which to Washington's credit he flatly turned down.
Washington was responsible for winning the war, but the Declaration of Independence was NOT a law, but a letter. Our nation did not exist officially until the ink was dry on the Constitution. While lots of hands were responsible in its crafting, the person I consider most responsible, ironcally did not sign it.
We do a great disservice by focusing on Washington, which while important, equally if not more important were the words of Thomas Jefferson, even before the finalization of the Constittution.
Madison modled the First Amendment after Jefferson's Virginia Religious Freedom act. Which demanded a no pecking order in government based on religion and a neural attitude on the subject. So winning the war was only one aspect, but not the only aspect. It would not have done us any good to win that war and set up simply another pecking order which is what they fought to escape.
Newt is smply indulging in revisionist history trying to paint the founders as monochromatic religious right wingers. For their time the founders were far more diverse in politics and religion than people like Newt would have us believe. He plays into the stupid nostalgia of the Mayflower mindset, ignoring or simply cherry picking history.
Washington won the war, but Jefferson made our Constitution what it is today.
To value a man who was ousted by his own party for being inept, to dare write a book and call himself a historian, is the same stupid mentality that causes revisionists to say we "settled" the west when the truth was that we invaded it and took it over.
What good would that war have been if Washington had won and said "Ok, I'kk be king". What good would winning that war have done if Jefferson had not demanded religious neutrality in VA for Madison to take that secular concept and make it into law?
Newt is an incompetent baffoon and has no business pretending to be a historian. Cherry picking facts out of context does not make one a historian, much less an objective one.
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