A writer for Salon seriously compared President Biden to both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, hilariously asserting that he is a “visionary” and that the Founding Fathers had progressive policies just like he does that the public doesn’t like.
Salon’s headline is not a joke, although it will make you laugh, “How Joe Biden is like America’s founding fathers — and no, I’m not kidding.”
Author Matthew Rozsa asserts that Biden’s peers just don’t get his greatness.
“From the start of his administration, he has pushed for an ambitious economic program: expanded access to health care, major investments in job creation, financial assistance to parents, accelerated development of green energy and other steps to address climate change,” he wrote. “To this point, the political fates have cursed Joe Biden with the same bad luck that afflicted Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and other founding fathers at their most ambitious but least effective — but without granting him anything close to their storied accomplishments or historical legacy.”
On July 4th, let's give Joe Biden his due.
Like the founding fathers, he has good ideas that he can't implement because of petty politics.
— Matthew Rozsa 🇺🇦 (@MatthewRozsa) July 3, 2022
Many contend that Biden is the worst president America has ever had and his approval rating reflects that. He arguably beats out Jimmy Carter and that took real effort.
Rozsa tried and failed to elaborate on his claim that the Founding Fathers engaged in progressive policies.
“I’m not claiming that the founding fathers were ignored in some larger sense; if that were true, the United States would not exist today. But as much as we’d like to imagine that Americans always rallied behind the ideas of a complicated genius like Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, it simply wasn’t so,” the author contended.
As a historian, I can find no similarities among Jefferson, Washington and Biden. This is pure fiction on the part of the Salon reporter. Biden has no leadership skills and has been in government service for 47 years with no progress for the people but enriched himself.
— Jimmy Williams (@JimmyW_CFP) July 4, 2022
“Some conservatives bravely try to claim Jefferson as one of their own, but he spent much of his presidency trying to use the powers of the brand new government to enrich the economic and intellectual lives of the American people,” he continued.
“After creating a budget surplus, for instance, Jefferson proposed subsidies in scientific innovation, transportation infrastructure and public education. He even tried to enshrine the government’s ability to spend money on internal improvements and education into the Constitution, an idea meant to help define his second term as president. (That was the same year that he denounced the international slave trade as ‘a violation of human rights’ — and yes, he was a big hypocrite on that issue.),” he stated, trying in the same paragraph to both paint Jefferson as some kind of progressive and an evil slave owner at the same time.
He pushed the comparison to progressives for all he was worth, “Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin (who served under both Jefferson and Madison) and President John Quincy Adams (who had previously served in various roles for America’s first five presidents) were avid proponents of federal spending on public improvements, and also supported government funding for the sciences — and both were disappointed when they tried to bring their ideas to life on a national scale.”
Joe Biden believes in the “Liberal WORLD order; our Founders believed in America. You are so out of touch with 80% of the USA who believe WE are going in the wrong direction
— SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) July 3, 2022
The author’s examples are cherry-picked and taken far outside of historical context.
Next up… he painted George Washington as a progressive. Never mind there was war afoot or that there were conservative principles at play behind his decisions. According to Rozsa, all these men were really stealth progressives.
“Even George Washington — who is venerated today but was fiercely opposed by many during his presidency — had his share of failures. When Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton published his Report on Manufacturers in 1791, he argued that the government should subsidize manufacturing and other forms of industry to make the U.S. economically competitive on a global scale. He also argued for tariffs on imported goods, and those were implemented while much of Hamilton’s more ambitious infrastructure subsidies were not,” Rozsa wrote.
“It took a Republican president many years later, Abraham Lincoln, to realize the gist of Hamilton’s vision, transformed into the ‘American System’ proposed by Whig Party founder Henry Clay. (Lincoln was a former Whig, and his economic program favored the industrialized Northern states over the agricultural South, most of which was seceding from the Union at that moment.),” he recounted.
After picking themselves up off the floor from laughing over the ridiculous comparison, social media pundits shredded Salon:
You’re trying WAY too hard here, guy. Even down to the Ukraine flag in profile. Just own the fact you got 1) sold a lemon politician 2) marked for a sucker/low IQ voter 3) illegitimate president shoehorned into office 4) dumpster fire of a dumpster fire
— Airborne Heel (@abnheel) July 3, 2022
Long weekend, drunk tweeting is sad
— Ms. Samantha 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@undrbedMonster) July 3, 2022
Bwhahahahhahah! OMG! Bwhahahahhahahha, oh sweetheart!
— Becky dotData (@beckydotdata) July 3, 2022
TF you say?! 🤣🤣
— 100 Proof 🥃 (@ChampionCapua) July 3, 2022
You think petty politics are blocking his ideas? If they were so good, why hasn’t he persuaded his opponents of the merits? Seems as though you aren’t paying attention.
— MJ 🇺🇸 (@mjrod) July 3, 2022
Lol. Ok crazy person
— LaLa (@lacoolio1) July 3, 2022
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