After reading “Flawed men, perhaps, but great deeds” in the Aug. 8 EagleHerald, I got to wondering who would write such an editorial in defense of Columbus, an entrepreneur seeking great wealth and high office who would enslave, torture and murder the indigenous population to obtain his goals? And it struck me that it must be someone who makes a very large salary supporting the rich and powerful and making them look as good as possible when they’ve done serious wrong. Columbus did more than just “mistreat” the indigenous population. He committed a crime against humanity and not a great deed.
And our founding fathers were cut from a very similar cloth as Columbus. They also aspired to high office and stockpiled fortunes through both chattel and wage slavery. They designed a government that would protect the rich and powerful and would pacify and hold down the working class, poor, and slaves who they considered to be beneath them. These were not great deeds, but great evils.
The founding fathers were the role models for governance that holds back real progress towards true democracy and continues to haunt us to this very day. President James Madison, considered to be one of the most important founding fathers, said that democracy needed to be limited and government designed to protect the “minority of the opulent against the majority” and that unchecked, democratic communities were subject to “the turbulency and weakness of unruly passions” See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_No._10#Background.
Professor Noam Chomsky, who many consider to be this country’s greatest intellectual, described very accurately the thinking and behavior of the founding fathers in this regard in a YouTube video entitled “Noam Chomsky - Madison vs. Aristotle.”
The Bible also speaks against the great sins of the rich and powerful in no uncertain terms. Our founding fathers were much like the Pharisees that Jesus denounced and promised would never enter His Kingdom because of their material wealth. Luke 6:24; Matthew 19:23-24; 23:1-39. James warns us how these big-money types exploit the poor, slander the name of Jesus, and are destined for horrible destruction in the end times. James 2:5-7; 5:1-6.
The author of the Detroit News editorial should have dug deeper into the Scriptures and considered the Commandment against making and worshipping idols as applied to statues of rich and powerful men. Exodus 20:4.