Lots of Fake Quotes of Founding Fathers in Circulation

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I wanted to thank Gene Lyons for bringing this issue of fake quotes of the Founding Fathers to our attention because it should be addressed.

In April 8, 2010 article “Facts Drowning in Disinformation,” he rightly notes that Thomas Jefferson never said, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” However, where the liberal Lyons is wrong is that he fails to look at Jefferson’s other writings to see if this principle is there.

Doesn’t Jefferson’s comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy make the same point?: “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, ‘the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.’

Here Jefferson makes the same point but he fails to say that “democracy will cease to exist.” However, he does establish the fact that he believed firmly  that people should enjoy the results of their hard work.

When it comes to this issue of fake quotes, I do have an advantage. I had a long term friendship with the late Professor John George of the University of Central Oklahoma political science department and coauthor (with Paul Boller, Jr.) of the book They Never Said It! (Oxford University Press, 1989).

In the next few weeks I will be looking at this issue of unconfirmed quotes that people think that the Founding Fathers actually said and the historical evidence concerning them. These unconfirmed quotes are used every single day and unfortunately my group of conservatives have been guilty of using them more than the liberals have. This website HALT (HaltingArkansasLiberalswithTruth.com) includes the T for the word ‘truth.”

I want to always tell it like it is and that includes this fact: Conservative Republicans will be more likely than their liberal counterparts to  stand up today in state legislatures all across the country and use quotes that have not been confirmed with original sources linking them to the Founding Fathers.

David Barton has put together a list of unconfirmed quotes that are commonly used, and this list has been researched over the last 30 years by Barton and some of the quotes on the list have since been verified. However, Barton recommends not using these quotes until they are verified. Yet so many politicians (unfortunately  most of them have been conservatives) have continued to use these unconfirmed quotes in their speeches and books.

David Barton has done a great job of going through the history of the lives of our founding fathers. Below you will see a film clip from Mike Huckabee’s show where David Barton talks about the religious backgrounds of many of our founding fathers.

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