Can we call George, Thomas and Andrew “Good Money”?

15 Oct

Why is the poem on this blog?

These three gents were not saints.

I’d dare say they were not “godly” men.

I think the below poem will give you some things to think about.

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This piece will be written in what I call the Triple Rhyme Time style. We will deal with three subjects and every three lines will rhyme instead of the traditional two lines.

“Good Money” is a colloquial phrase that means that something or someone alright or cool.

The question posed here is can three famous U.S. Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson be considered “good money”?

Well, let’s see.

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Can We Call George, Thomas and Andrew “Good Money”?

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

George Washington was the first President of the United States.

Let’s take a fresh look at his legacy to see how he rates.

Stories about him are legendary and he is the topic of many debates.

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He led the rebellion against the British but he lost just about every battle that he fought.

He was slippery and talented at stealth so he never got caught.

Without the tutelage of the Iroquois and/or Algonquian peoples his survival skills would have come to naught.

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Why is it that he is considered a freedom fighter but Ho Chi Minh was considered a terrorist?

Were they both not fighting to release the yoke of an imperialist foreign power or is there something I missed?

George was considered a man of virtue but here is a twist.

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Here is a tidbit of info that you probably didn’t get in any of your history classes.

You’re about to become one in-the-know because this isn’t generally known by the masses.

Did you know that it is rumored that the father of our country once traded a slave for a keg of molasses?

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His Mount Vernon plantation was the home to many slaves.

They suffered under an evil institution but they prayed constantly because they were told that Jesus saves.

It is peculiar how a freedom fighter would deny liberty to others which is something that the human spirit craves.

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Founding father and third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, wrote that “All men are created equal” in The Declaration of Independence.

It baffles me why he did some things because it just doesn’t add-up or make sense.

Let me tell you what I’m talking about as I don’t want to keep you in suspense.

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He owned a slave girl named Sally Hemmings who was 14 when the left, Virginia, and 16 when she returned with him from Paris, France.

While they were away, the widower, Tommy, started the romance.

He was the master so her resistance would’ve been futile so young, little Sally never had a chance.

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According to some, Sally was a slave that was 1/7 Black, and he fathered children six children with her even though he preached against the mixing of the races.

Virginia had a law on the books prohibiting marriages between the races, but it was overturned in 1967 and became one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark cases [Loving v. Virginia].

Dang, that was only 50 years ago so Virginia and this country as a whole should run and hide their faces.

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Andrew Jackson was the 7th U.S. President and he is infamous for what’s called “Indian Removal.”

This was not a problem with the U.S. Congress at the time so this policy met with their approval.

This was a cruel thing to do to the Five Civilized Nations, so their deportation was met with resistance and refusal.

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The Five Civilized Nations were the Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek.

With the Seminole in particular it became a game of hide-and-seek.

They hid and fought using guerilla warfare in the Everglades and much havoc did they wreak.

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Andy was a warrior since he was 13-years-old and was ready to fight under the heat of the sun or the dim light of the moon.

For the Five Civilized Nations, his death couldn’t come to soon.

Jackson admitted that he had but two regrets: “I didn’t shoot Henry Clay or to hang John C. Calhoun.”

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Some of the atrocities that these three men committed makes me want to scream and cuss.

They are long dead now so ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Revisiting who we call American heroes is a must.

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These men had no scruples and the bad things they did are far from funny.

This information should cast a dark cloud over their legacies and their reputations are no longer sunny.

So tell me, can we call George, Thomas and Andrew “good money”?

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