A brand new addition has opened up at the national archives, Founders Online. People can now, with a click, read documents written by some of the great founding persons of our nation.
- Washington, George (30,204)
- Jefferson, Thomas (11,129)
- Madison, James (7,483)
- Hamilton, Alexander (6,274)
- Adams, John (4,723)
- Adams, John Quincy (2,364)
- Adams, Abigail (744)
- Knox, Henry (720)
- Monroe, James (719)
- Randolph, Edmund (624)
There were some who complained, annoyed that this exhibit wasn’t called the Founding Fathers. Decrying, vociferously, the politically correct nature of the title. Of course they missed the point entirely that Abigail Adams is listed as a founder. Now I am not a doctor but somehow I don’t think Abigail was a father. Things may have changed since I went to school. I understand that the liberal agenda has taken over proper education and discourse. However, I am certain that I do still know the difference between girls and boys and that biological reality has not been changed (OK, barring the fact that someone chooses gender reassignment surgery).
Meanwhile, one of the more interesting aspects of these writings struck a chord. None of these individuals felt the need to dehumanize those that disagreed with them. They simply didn’t agree, argued their points and discussed the issues. They may not have liked the other individual. They may have thought very little of them. Yet their discourse was one of ideas argued among equals and argued for the betterment of the American people and the American nation.
How sad they would be, to see the level of discourse and acrimony excepted as political reality in today’s day and age. The name-calling and bullying that abounds simply because someone disagrees with a political perspective is appalling. It’s as if every pundit, politico and person that thinks about politics in any way shape or form, channels the bitchiest of adolescents.
Adult society wonders why there is so much bullying among children. We wonder how bad is that bullying that children are even brought to suicide. We wring our hands and cry foul everytime the news runs a story about yet another adolescent life lost to hatred and ignorance. But instead of looking at ourselves and our inability to deal with those that disagree with us, we choose to blame the schools (yes at times they are to blame greatly for their own failures at parens patriae), and a Hollywood created culture.
But teaching our children begins at home. Children hear from a very early age how the adults in their lives refer to one another. They hear the gossip, the jealousy and the self-righteous indignation of self-importance. Children hear the disrespect when their parents argue. They all too well understand the difference between being appropriately instructed by an adult and being belittled, denigrated and dehumanized themselves.
Bullying is epidemic in our society. Many want to blame social media. Many blame the anonymity of the Internet. That is simply an excuse to pass our own malfeasance onto others or an inanimate object. We are at fault. It is our own inability to raise the next generation properly that has brought about a society that is divisive, nasty and cruel.
Our children bully because they watch what we do and say. Children bully because they can. Children bully because we allow them immoral heroes. Children bully because they see that adults that bully become famous, rich and adored.
Tomorrow there will be another editorial, another essay and discourse about the lack of decorum in society. Everyone will agree that something must be done before another child dies. Adults will prostrate themselves in frustration. But then jealousy, backbiting and anger will take over the adults in the room and the bitchy-adolescent hidden beneath that cool grown-up veneer will rear their ugly heads in many ways. We will emotionally devolve. Our children will see that and learn from that alone.
Tomorrow it begins again. The Left will throw barbs at the Right and the Right will respond in kind. Both sides of the aisle will call each other ignorant, accusations of hate will abound, one side threatening the other, accusing each other of treason and being devoid of humanity. They will accuse each other of betraying our nation’s principles, the Constitution of the United States and disrespecting those that gave “their last full measure of devotion.”
Then a bullied child will commit suicide once again. While the perpetrators need to be held responsible for their actions, ultimately don’t blame the children when these outcomes are simply the result of our own adult self-important hubris. Bullies are raised. Bullies are created. They are not a genetic anomaly, but an outgrowth of their environment. Bullies do what they are taught to do. Bullies do what their parents allow them to do. Bullies do what their heroes do. Bullies do what they see. Bullies act on what gets them the best warranted results.
Blame yourselves, the political Right and Left for creating this hateful atmosphere in society. Blame yourselves, parents who ignore the actions of your children; parents who have no time to parent; parents who refuse to see that your children have faults. You have all helped create a sad and brutal future. Shame on all of you.