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fstopover
11-03-2012, 01:05 PM
Periodically in the course of the video game Assassin's Creed III the protagonist Desmond Miles, who lives in 2012 but assumes the identity of his Early American ancestor, receives email messages on a computer terminal. Here's one under the subject "American Politics" from Shaun Hastings ( the English historian in Desmond's Assassin cell structure )

To D. Miles: You know, it's rather incredible the way your lunatic fringe tries to conjure the "spirit" of the Founding Fathers to support their various causes. And by incredible I mean hilarious. They hold up slave-owning, sexist, homophobes as if that's some sort of ideal to which one should aspire.

Oh-and in case you think I added that last bit for fun ( as the sexism and slavery bits are already common knowledge ): sodomy was a criminal offense in every one of the thirteen colonies except for Georgia and Thomas Jefferson ( 'champion' of personal liberty that he was ) advocated for the castration of homosexuals. Lovely fellows, these founding fathers of yours. And now there's that new bit of madness with people asking for the removal of textbook references to their slave-owning...

And before you think to turn it back 'round and ( rightly ) point out that their barbarism was inspired by English law - last I checked, two stupids don't make a smart. I thought the whole point of the Revolution was to break free of the old ways... And it certainly doesn't recommend your founders as the sort of persons one should aspire to become. Unless you aspire to become a manipulative bigot.

Lest you think I'm championing some sort of leftist agenda, I'll gladly shame the internet tough guys who celebrate the Treaty of Tripoli as well. Shame on them for thinking it shows anything than something taken right out of The First Grader's Guide To International Relations... It's intent wasn't to prove America wasn't a Christian nation. They were saying they weren't going to reignite the Crusades. No, that would be delayed for a couple of centuries. Now, I don't believe your founding fathers wanted to establish a theocracy. And they probably did intend for the country to be welcoming of all religions. But this isn't proof of that.

I suppose the point I'm trying to make is that people might want to spend a little less time romanticizing and manipulating the past ( fat chance, that ) and a bit more time focusing on how to improve the future ( fatter chance still ).

That not say there isn't plenty to be learned from looking back-because there is! It's just that most of those lessons wind up ignored or perverted these days. At best it's disingenuous and unproductive. At worst ( and often ) it's rather dangerous.