Insurrectionist Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) put his ignorance on full display again this week by speaking on behalf of the Founding Fathers, only to get burned in response.
Republicans are always trying to co-opt the Founding Fathers as if every single one of them would be on their side today if they were still alive. In the same vein, Cawthorn took to Twitter on New Year’s Day to opine how they would feel about America in the present day.
Our Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize the America we live in today.
They would be horrified, and rightfully so.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 1, 2022
Of course, the Founding Fathers from the South, including Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, would likely be horrified that slavery has been abolished and that black people live and work freely in the country with white people. The founders would also likely find America an alien place because of our highway system, skyscrapers, and other modern technological advances. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps one of the only Founding Fathers who might feel at home here in the present day is Alexander Hamilton who foresaw banking, industry, and a strong central government as the keys to the American future and supported an end to slavery.
What all of them would likely be particularly horrified about is that a president and his party tried to overthrow democracy on January 6th, an insurrection that Cawthorn played a part in. And let’s not forget that the Founders feared that corporations and moneyed interests would grow more powerful than the government, a growth that Republicans directly support and aid.
In response to Cawthorn, Twitter users took him to the woodshed.
And you’re the reason why pic.twitter.com/ohFqDROLAn
— Anomaly♡s Army (@edmeyer_able) January 1, 2022
Can you imagine them finding out women and black people can vote
— JP (@JpJever) January 1, 2022
Yes. They would have expelled you months ago.
— Tim Clark (@tcj) January 1, 2022
The founding fathers spoke and wrote beautifully. They were able to think and reason. And they believed in the separation of church and state. They would be horrified by you.
— Ozymandias (@OzymandShelley) January 1, 2022
Agreed, they probably never expected sitting members to be guilty of sedition pic.twitter.com/59C36D9l7k
— Schmidt Conway (@SchmidtConway) January 1, 2022
— Payton (@apayton_09) January 1, 2022
This is a map of the 13 colonies in their time. The concept of California or indoor plumbing would baffle them, let alone electricity, radio, cars, planes, the internet, photography, telephones, satellites, television, computers, women’s emancipation or the civil rights act. pic.twitter.com/Fwl699Xopo
— Secretary of State for Socially Uncaring Health (@HUncaring) January 1, 2022
They would be horrified by the violent extremists attempting to end our democracy in tragic & inexplicable submission to a con-artist who loathes & attacks his own country.
— Joseph Robertson (@poet_economist) January 1, 2022
Republicans like Madison Cawthorn are too ignorant to be in Congress or to serve in any public office whatsoever.
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