Anti-Amer­i­can at­tack

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Was any­one else both­ered by Philip Martin’s col­umn on In­de­pen­dence Day? Martin picked this date to delve into an his­tor­i­cal foot­note on the scur­rilous opin­ions and defama­tions of James Cal­len­der against Thomas Jef­fer­son, John Adams, Alexan­der Hamil­ton and Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton.

Martin took the lib­erty to re­fer to Cal­len­der as an “at­tack dog” for Jef­fer­son be­cause of Jef­fer­son’s sup­port of Cal­len­der long be­fore the ar­guably nas­ti­est elec­tion in our na­tion’s his­tory. Upon in­au­gu­ra­tion, Jef­fer­son called for ci­vil­ity and tol­er­ance, there­after re­pu­di­at­ing Cal­len­der as be­ing too rad­i­cal. Martin ap­par­ently felt it nec­es­sary to high­light Jef­fer­son’s hypocrisy to fault him while choos­ing to com­pletely ig­nore any­thing that Amer­i­cans have to be so thank­ful for from the au­thor of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence and great pres­i­dent.

I be­lieve Jef­fer­son’s ideas are the an­tithe­ses of the views of the his­tor­i­cal and eco­nomic dunces of modern-day lib­er­al­ism. To tear down one of the most im­por­tant men to our na­tion’s found­ing re­veals Martin’s true char­ac­ter—one who re­jects Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism and dis­dains what the found­ing fa­thers pro­vided us.

That the Arkansas DemocratGazette would let this less-than­mediocre “colum­nist” spew his not so thinly veiled anti-Amer­i­can­ism on the Fourth of July is a sad tes­ta­ment to the down­fall of what was a once beacon of rea­son.

NEIL DEININGER Lit­tle Rock

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