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(Brion McClanahan) – About a week ago, a listener sent me an article from National Review that encouraged its readers to declare their independence from Thomas Jefferson.
He was outraged and wanted my thoughts.
I could just call it stupid, but the article provides a teachable moment for Americans interested in anything that resembles the American tradition. We could call these people conservatives or paleo-libertarians. The traditional term “republican” would be best if it had not been hijacked by the Lincolnites.
The article’s author, Akhil Reed Amar, is one of the most prominent leftist progressive scholars in the United States.
Let that sink in for a moment. “Conservative” National Review published a piece on Thomas Jefferson from a dyed-in-the-wool progressive.
That should be exhibit one guadrillion that mainstream “conservatives” are no better than the leftist progressive they seem to despise.
The piece is loaded with typical leftist talking points about the beauty of democracy and equality (thank Harry Jaffa for “conservative” embrace of that concept) and free education. Those are the “positives” about Jefferson’s life according to Amar.
The negatives were laughable.
Jefferson should be forgotten because he favored nullification and secession. You read that correctly. This is straight out of the progressive…