As I start writing this post, I have the old title to a Ray Bradbury book in my mind. Something Wicked This Way Comes. And the reason I have this on my mind is this country, its condition, its culture, its values. If you haven’t noticed or are otherwise unaware, it does seem like wickedness has been interwoven with the fabric of this place since the USA was founded. And it’s grown and consolidated itself in this country and is now being exported around the world.
The beginnings of this country are dark and shameful even in the questionably accurate (read ‘fairy tale’) accounts that historians give to us. The basic premise is that a small cabal of wealthy colonists, formerly British subjects, decided they didn’t want to pay taxes, or allegiance, to the crown any longer. Supposedly, this group of rather shady and shifty aristocrats had all the poor colonists best interests at heart when they instigated the Revolution in which upwards of 4400 American colonists lost their lives.
Strangely, in 1791, a tax was leavied against grain farmers whose products were used primarily in the distillery process. This must have been viewed as an exorbitant, and hypocritical, tax by the citizens of the new country because they rose up en masse in what is now called the Whiskey Rebellion. Mr. George Washington sent out 14,000 troops to put down the rebellion. This force was greater than ANY collected force used during the entire Revolutionary War against the crown!
The rebellion was, of course, put down and American citizens WERE killed. But one thing that you may not be aware of is that Mr. Washington himself was the largest distiller in the entire new USA for a time and paid a very significantly lower tax on his products (possibly half the rate) than the farmers and small distillers who rebelled.
Thomas Jefferson, whom people love to idolize and quote, bought and sold human beings and participated in the captivity and imprisonment of these people for PROFIT with a zeal and gusto. It has now been proven through genetic testing and the infallible truth of DNA that Jefferson had an entire family with Sally Hemings, one of the women whom he enslaved. It is also thought that his sexual relationship began with Hemings in Paris after his wife had died when Sally was only a 14 YEAR OLD CHILD. This ‘wonderful’ man, founding father of this country, allowed two of his slave children to leave Monticello when they were older. But his two sons, Madison and Eston, were only ‘given’ their freedom in Jefferson’s will. So basically this old scumbag needed to make use of them until his own death. And guess what? He NEVER gave Sally her freedom. That was left to Jefferson’s daughter (by Martha) after Jefferson’s death. Want another f’ed up tidbit? Sally was probably Martha Jefferson’s (Jefferson’s wife) half sister. Martha’s father was thought to be Sally’s father as well due to his sexual assault of Sally’s mother who was also a slave.
Oh yeah. These are some virtuous people, aren’t they?
Ok, now it gets really ghoulish because we’re going to talk about Benjamin Franklin. But this will get a post all its own because this creature has a lot of stories to tell.
Til next time, weirdos.