The Facts They Misconceive
The vast ignorance and boundless anger expressed by yesterday’s domestic terrorists reminds us of this quote:
“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive;”
Misguided supporters of yesterday’s domestic terrorists enjoy retweeting other parts of the quote this guy posted back in 1787 because he seemed to tolerate frequent pointless rebellion. With the relatively bloodless Shay Rebellion fresh on his mind, the author may have forgotten how bloody and tragic an unnecessary rebellion can be. He seems to have overlooked the root cause, “The facts they misconceive.”
This man’s wisdom in moral matters is also suspect. At the time he wrote this, he had begun raping a captive 14-year-old child.
Many Americans have a one drop aversion to true history. They don’t want to hear that their comfortable lives were built on a foundation of violence and slavery. Their fear of paying reparations blinds them to the reality of injustices. Acknowledging these injustices is the very first step in healing. Most won’t even take this first step because it’s so much more comfortable to believe the fantasy of the self-made man and wallow in self-pity over perceived injustice against themselves. And there are many profiteers of this comfortable ignorance and anger porn. These Americans are…
“…Discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive…”
— Sally Henning’s rapist