Hey, Tucker Carlson: Hang George Washington for Treason
This started with a dumb question from CNN anchor Dana Bash.
During a July 5, 2020, interview, Bash asked Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) whether Duckworth supported taking down statues memorializing slave owners who “are leaders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.”
The senator deflected the query by saying she welcomed dialog on problematic history and pivoting to the week’s news on Trump rewarding Vladimir Putin after learning that Russians paid bounties for dead U.S. service members in Afghanistan and Trump ignoring/perpetuating the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Bash persisted: “That may be true, but George Washington, I don’t think anybody would call him a traitor and there are moves by some to remove statues of him. Is that a good idea?” (Bash might need to read the rest of this, as well. Maybe do a screen share with Carlson.)
Duckworth’s second response, in full, was, “I think we should listen to everybody. I think we should listen to the argument there, but remember that the president at Mount Rushmore [on July 3, 2020] was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty.”
Idiots pounced idiotically. Cruelly and racistly and misogynistically, as well, but oh so stupidly.
In particular, Tucker Carlson spent the following week denouncing Duckworth as a traitor and coward who knew nothing of U.S. history or patriotism. Carlson predicated his nightly rants on the FACT and CONSENSUS and UMDENIABILITY that “George Washington was a genuinely great man” whom no one should relegate to dustbin of history reserved for “dead traitors.”
Allow double-amputee U.S. Army veteran who returned to active duty after suffering near-fatal wounds while flying a helicopter mission in Iraq Duckworth to defend herself against the craven crower who never joined the military and bases his entire shtick on a sophomoric rejection of his fabulously wealthy father’s inveterate liberalism.
Allow this humble essay to highlight Carlson’s infuriating inanity (rhymes with “Hannity”).
Carlson would almost surely agree. Living men do not appear on dollar bills and quarters. Best to provide a citation nevertheless.
The National Park Service devotes a full section of its website for teachers of the American Revolution to “Treason in the Revolution.” Benedict Arnold does not appear alone. In fact, the hero of the Second Battle of Saratoga escapes all mention.
Rather, the NPS writes, “The men signing the Declaration of Independence were acutely aware of the risk they ran of committing treason against the British King to whom, but a short time before, they were firmly bound as subjects.”
How sure? The signers mutually pledged “to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Benjamin Franklin embodied gallows humor by opining “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall hang separately.”
King George III and Prime Minister ensured the group later valorized as America’s Founding Fathers understood the consequences of their actions by promulgating the Treason Act of 1777. Among other things, that Crown Lawn promised a year in jail without trial or bail to anyone even suspected of taking up arms against Great Britain or pirating British shipping.
Washington, born a Crown subject in 1732 and remaining one until another nation eventually existed for real in 1788 when the U.S. Constitution took effect, committed treason. Knowingly, willfully, probably gleefully during the odd moments he did not need to worry about getting shot, freezing to death, or sleeping here and here and here, Washington made himself a traitor to Great Britain. No one can debate this in good faith.
In conclusion, shut the hell up, Tucker Carlson. Stop lying to your viewers, and never again spout calumnies against living great women of color.