I have decided that everything that is wrong in this country can be traced to one man. That man is Thomas Jefferson. Let’s be honest at this point in time people act like they have a right to be happy. It was Thomas Jefferson who said that there are god given rights that include “the pursuit of happiness.” People forget the pursuit part. A person has no right to be happy. A person has no right to own a home. A person has no right to twenty inch rims or Gucci sunglasses. In fact I think a lot of people would be much happier if they realized this.
In comparison to someone living in a slum in a flooded portion of Pakistan ninety-nine percent of the people in this country have an amazing life. Hell in comparison to the people who settled the frontier of this country ninety-nine percent of the people in this country have an amazing life. Life’s trivialities today are nothing as compared to not being able to eat because the crop was washed away. But the problem is that people only see what they want to see. They see the neighbor with the new S-class or the woman getting married and want that for themselves. Of course the people who are most in need don’t see these things. People are very isolated. They don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t know the circumstances of the people in their own city. Imagining life in a city of twenty million is unimaginable. There are people in Baltimore who have never been to the east side of town. Are these people happy? Or are they just getting by?
So the people who should be happy in America aren’t because they see others doing better. The people who should be mad as hell are indifferent because they don’t know anything else. This is all Thomas Jefferson’s fault. He made the expectations for the people and the country too great
Thomas Jefferson was also a hypocrite. Everyone knows he wrote about the rights of man and yet held slaves. Of course most people have never read his original draft of the Declaration of Independence. The part that accused King George of the heinous act of continuing the slave trade. This is because Edward Rutledge and the rest of the delegates from the Carolinas and Georgia refused to sign the declaration if it had that part. And Jefferson capitulated. He agreed to remove that part. Basically the part that would have stopped the civil war and might have made racial relations in this country a bit better was left out. Of course we may have had thirteen countries instead of one. There may have been many wars between them. England, France, and Spain may have colonized different parts of the country. There probably would not have been a Louisiana Purchase. I get all of that. But maybe something cool would have happened as well. Other than in science fiction we will never know. But what I do know is what happened. A lot of people don’t know that and yet act as if the men who founded this country were gods to be placed on Mount Olympus.
Let’s look at some more history and another great document. The Constitution. The tea party loves them some Constitution. Lord knows what Christine O’Donnell thinks of Ben Franklin’s behavior in France. Thomas Jefferson, the villain from part one of the story, wasn’t allowed to take part in the drafting of the Constitution because he was too controversial. Let’s think about what a popular conception of the Constitution is. It’s a perfect document that God gave the “Founders” the wisdom to create. We will ignore the Articles of Convention. Oh yeah, God didn’t want the “Founders” to create this perfect document ten years earlier. And well that bill of rights is awesome. Oh it wasn’t part of the original. What about the wonderful senate? We can’t have those small states like Rhode Island to be dominated by Virginia. Black people only count as three fourths of a person. Brilliant.
The Constitution was a political document formed by compromise and decided by the politicians who were allowed to attend that convention. Until the Fourteenth Amendment and incorporation all of those bill of rights were not applicable to the states. The states could take your guns, arrest you without a warrant, and try you without a jury. Thanks to a civil war and the Republicans in Congress after the Civil War we don’t have to worry about that today. This leaves us back in the country we see today. A lack of perspective permeates the country. Young people don’t know what it is like to want or need anything. Many do not understand the struggles their parents and parents parents faced. I admit I am guilty of this all the time. Of course this is a class phenomenon. Many people today have loved ones fighting overseas. Those people are also ignored by the media and people in this country. Out of sight out of mind. People know what they see. The people with a voice don’t see the struggles that people see today and as such the people and children hearing such voices don’t see the struggles. So they get upset at the lack of sunglasses. Thanks Thomas Jefferson.