Bradlee Dean burnishes his wingnut credentials in his latest column by offering up a blatantly false “oh my god Obama’s going to take away our guns” claim and backing it up with fake quotes from one of the founding fathers. He starts the column off with this one from George Washington:
“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
– George Washington
But in fact, he can’t even get his fake quotes right. This is a bastardized version of a much longer fake quote that often makes the rounds in those idiotic emails you get forwarded by your ignorant uncle. Here’s the longer fake quote:
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon, and citizen’s firearms are indelibly related. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable. Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 99/100 percent of them by their silence indicate they are in safe and sane hands.
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place with all that’s good. When firearms, go all goes; we need them every hour.”
None of this appears anywhere in any writings or speeches from Washington. It exists only in the wingnut imagination. And honestly, you wouldn’t even really need to look it up to find this out. If you have even a vague familiarity with Washington’s writings and speeches, you would know that this is fake just by the style and wording. And then near the end of the article he offers up another fake quote from Washington:
President George Washington, when arming the people of the United States of America, said:
“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
The first clause is accurate, the rest is invented. The first part comes from his first annual message to Congress, but here’s the actual quote:
free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.
The rest of it was evidently pulled from Dean’s anal cavity, though I don’t know how one could extract anything from that orifice with his head stuck in it.