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Bachmann stands by claims that ‘Founding Fathers’ ended slavery


Rep. Michele Bachmann, who officially announced yesterday in Iowa that she is running for president, appeared on “Good Morning America” Monday, where George Stephanopoulos attempted to clarify some of her previous statements.

Among them: Bachmann’s claim that “the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence worked tirelessly to end slavery.”

“Now with respect, Congresswoman, that’s just not true,” Stephanopoulos said. “Many of them including Jefferson and Washington were actually slave holders and slavery didn’t end until the Civil War.”

Bachmann dodged the question, answering, “Well, you know what’s marvelous is that in this country and under our Constitution, we have the ability when we recognize that something is wrong to change it. And that’s what we did in our country. We changed it. We no longer have slavery. That’s a good thing. And what our Constitution has done for our nation, is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world.”

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Comment by Sam Weathersby
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Maybe the Founders didn't end slavery, but they did set up the process for it in the Constitution. ALL men are endowed by their Creator....

Plus they amended "life, liberty & the pursuit of property" to "Life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness" to keep the slave states from claiming slaves as property & muddy the waters in any future Constitutional debates n the issue. Talk of freeing slaves had also begun in our Founder's day & some of the few who had slaves set them free.

 David Barton's Wall Builder site has a load of info.



Comment by Ed Price
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Slaves, schmaves. Washington and Jefferson didn't have slaves... even though many called them that. They were "indentured servants." There's a difference, you know. It all has to do with how honestly their "Masters" treat them.

These days, with mandatory centralized banking, income taxes, required ID that includes a SSN, required SSN for a job, and a whole bunch of other NON-FREE requirements, like TSA, and certain required medical, illegal weed, can't park on the lawn, etc., etc., we're worse off than Washington's and Jefferson's so-called slaves!!!

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