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Why we should still honor our country's founding fathers

Published in Blog on August 04, 2020 by Convention Of States

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Should we tear down the statues of our founders because they were racist and bigoted? Should we ignore their contributions to our country because they owned slaves?

According to the mainstream media and many members of the "elite," the answer is yes.

Smithsonian Magazine claimed that George Washington’s legacy is nothing more than “false teeth, tricorn hats, and nearly 150 slaves.” CNN suggested that Americans no longer should consider the Founders a part of America’s exceptional history.

But real students of history know the truth. They know that we honor our founders not because they were perfect, but because they risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the principles of freedom and representatives government all Americans of every race enjoy today.

Writing for The Daily Signal, Sarah Williams runs down the amazing accomplishments and attributes of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson. Here's the excerpt of George Washington, but the whole piece is worth the read:

  • George Washington’s skill, character, and leadership were so widely acknowledged that the Continental Congress selected him unanimously to lead the Continental Army in June 1775.
  • Washington refused to accept the salary the Congress offered him and undertook an assignment that would take him from his home and family almost perpetually for more than eight years.
  • Washington consistently refused the privileges he could have enjoyed as commander in chief, choosing to winter with his men at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and even to personally join battles to inspire and rally them.
  • After America’s independence was secured, Washington again sacrificed his desire for a quiet country life by serving as America’s first president. He then set the precedent for voluntary relinquishment of power by stepping down after only eight years as president.
  • Washington’s legacy of self-imposed presidential term limits was emulated by every American president until Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after which the tradition was codified in the Constitution with the 22nd Amendment in 1951.

We honor our founders because they fought for freedom, self-governance, and equality under the law. Those principles have made our nation great, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their dedication, bravery, and perseverance.

Today, those founding principles are under attack from big-government policies that seek to destroy our liberty. But the founders gave us a way to fight back. Not like they did, but with the Constitution.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows the states to call a Convention of States for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints on Congress, and mandate term limits for all federal officials (not just the President). 

With this complete package of amendments in place, our country will return to the values that have made us great, and ensure a free and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.

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