Rebutting Leftist Talking Points

A quick reference for resources on several currently divisive topics.

Slavery in the U.S.

  • Was our system founded to only support white men? This is not true according to leading abolitionists and civil rights reformers. You can also read the words of the founders to see what they thought about it. Martin Luther King Jr and Frederick Douglas used the founding documents and principles to advance the cause of liberty for African Americans:
    See: The Founding Fathers and Slavery  AND “Black History Issue 2001”
  • Beyond this, the speed that the U.S. addressed the issue of slavery was very fast. It was only 20 years after the signing of the Constitution that international slave trade and slave importation was made a Federal crime. In 1820, only 13 years after that, the Missouri Compromise made it certain that slavery would not be implemented as a practice in new territories that were attempting to join the Union.
    • Many will point out the Three-Fifths Compromise as an example of racism from the founding. This is specious though and a closer look will make this clear. The Northern states and the cause of abolition was perpetuated by this compromise as the Southern states would not get their desire for more representatives in congress. Hence the south would have less say in federal legislation that would be deleterious to slavery.
  • This is not to mention the bloodiest war in U.S. history was instigated and fought over the issue of slavery.

Have we moved beyond the antiquated philosophies of the founders?

  • “It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary.”
    – Calvin Coolidge in “The Inspiration of the Declaration.” (Speech on July 5, 1926 at the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence) I’ve quoted this in several other article…

Should we vote for anyone as long as they are perceived as “not a politician” or not part of the corrupt “system”?

Are monopolies the natural result of too much private sector freedom and not enough centralized intervention?

  • Many economists point out that monopolies are often created by too much government intervention and NOT the opposite: See the entry on “Monopoly” in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics for a thorough introduction

Bernie Sanders and Socialism in general:

Guns:

Bathroom policy: (…no, really)

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