In 1803 Thomas Jefferson spent three million bucks for the Louisiana Territory. Today’s economically minded history impaired far right brainwashed FOX viewer and occasional tea party attendee thinks that that was a great deal. Just three million bucks. Cool. Unfortunately, Jefferson spent that cool three million bucks in FY 1803 dollars. Want to know how much it cost him – then? What it would cost today?
In 2012, the relative value of $3,000,000.00 from 1803 ranges from $58,400,000.00 to $97,500,000,000.00.
If you want to compare the value of a $3,000,000.00 Commodity in 1803 there are three choices.
In 2012 the relative:
real price of that commodity is $62,800,000.00
labor value of that commodity is $936,000,000.00(using the unskilled wage) or $1,850,000,000.00(using production worker compensation)
income value of that commodity is $1,800,000,000.00
If you want to compare the value of a $3,000,000.00 Income or Wealth , in 1803 there are three choices.
In 2012 the relative:
historic standard of living value of that income or wealth is $62,800,000.00
economic status value of that income or wealth is $1,800,000,000.00
economic power value of that income or wealth is $97,500,000,000.00
If you want to compare the value of a $3,000,000.00 Project in 1803 there are four choices.
In 2012 the relative:
historic opportunity cost of that project is $58,400,000.00
labor cost of that project is $936,000,000.00(using the unskilled wage) or $1,850,000,000.00(using production worker compensation)
economy cost of that project is $97,500,000,000.00
Oh, wait, it gets even better. In order to legitimize his over the top spending to a skeptical Congress who basically hated his guts, he authorized the first BIG SCIENCE expedition. Not only that, but Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana was almost unilateral. Today, if Barack Obama decided to spend the same amount of money on a Mars Mission, Congress would destroy him.
This is a two-fer as in two for the price of one. Not only did Jefferson invent the imperial presidency, create big spending, budget busting projects, and invent big science spending but the three million bucks he gave to France bailed out a floundering little Corsican dictator who was trying to conquer Europe. Not only was Jefferson almost directly responsible for the Reign of Terror in France (he did nothing to stop it, when he could have) he was also basically responsible for the funding of Napoleon from 1803 until Waterloo.
He refused to even acknowledge that his Black African Slaves were human. Like a predatory rapist, he forced the women he owned to do what ever he wanted, sexually. When he died, he couldn’t even bother freeing them. To make matters worse, he so lacked a heart and soul that he though nothing of selling off their off-spring, for a profit.
Shouldn’t there be a stigma against Jefferson who, eventually, will be looked upon as one of history’s great monsters, not the charming, urban, founding patriot the tea parties worship? In many ways the worship of Jefferson is terribly ironic and extremely appropriate for the tea party types. Why should we literally worship a man who believed in the buying and selling of human beings? Why should we worship a man who inspired one of the world’s great bloody moments, the French Revolution and the Terror that followed?
Yes, it is appropriate.
“…The Reconstructionists will fail but their influence has not abated, however. It’s just taken new forms in the Koch brother attempt to hijack America for Ayn Rand. The Reconstructionists have been like a drop of radicalizing flavoring added to a bottle of water: They’ve subtly changed the water’s flavor and — like John the Baptist — prepared the way for the true masters of the universe like the Koch brothers. And even though most Evangelicals, let alone the general public, don’t know the names of the leading Reconstructionist thinkers, the world we live in—where a radicalized, angry Religious Right has changed the face of American politics and spun off into movements such as the Tea Party—is a direct result of that “flavoring.” Anyone who wants to understand American politics, not to mention North American religion, had better get acquainted with the Reconstructionists….”
According to R. J. Rushdoony:
Until the emergency of Rushdoony, the idea of applying capital punishment for most normal behaviors was unthinkable. Now, thanks to their Taliban like hold on the far right, on the new Calvinist religious world, and funding from the Brothers Koch, this nation is on the precipice of something truly catastrophic.
“...Gary North is a protege’ of founder of the Christian Reconstructionism movement founder Rousas J. Rushdoony. In 1992 Rushdoony spoke at the inaugural event of the U.S. Taxpayers Party, later re-branded as the Constitution Party. In 2008 Ron Paul endorsed the Constitution Party candidate for president of the United States, and current Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul keynoted a Minnesota Constitution Party rally in April 2009.
Rousas Rushdoony advocated executing by stoning homosexuals, adulterers, and women who have intercourse before marriage, wanted to reimpose slavery, claimed that African-American slaves were lucky, was a Holocaust denier and a creationist, and maintained that the Sun rotates around the Earth.
Arthur Robinson’s homeschooling curriculum, for “parents concerned about socialism in the public schools,” contains several references to R. J. Rushdoony including a 51 minute audio recording of an interview with the now-deceased Christian Reconstructionist titan….”
A psychologist once said that R. J. Rushdoony and his teachings, if allowed to blossom, would bring a holocaust on this nation that is worse than anything Hitler ever created in Germany. If you follow the the list of crimes and penalties, I’m going to list, by first name, people I know who would be executed for one thing or another.
- I’ll start with myself, for heresy for opposing his teachings.
- My sister is divorced. She would be executed.
- My parents are old. My mother would be executed for heresy.
- My nephew was once rebellious
- My niece was rebellious
- My oldest niece had a child out of wedlock
- My friend S
- Her fiance (for several reasons)
- Her son
- Her daughter
- Her daughter’s significant
- Her other daughter
- My friend J
- My friend M
- T (gay)
- E (gay)
- Probably at least 8 of my first cousins
- Their spouses
- Priests I know
- My brother – he’s a patriot & would go down fighting
- My friend J
- His girlfriend
- At least 8 of my friends in Tombstone
- Most of the people I interact with on Twitter
- Her husband
- 2 sons
- Their wives
- 3 daughters
- Most of the people on my prayer list
“...Epitomizing the Reconstructionist idea of Biblical “warfare” is the centrality of capital punishment under Biblical Law. Doctrinal leaders (notably Rushdoony, North, and Bahnsen) call for the death penalty for a wide range of crimes in addition to such contemporary capital crimes as rape, kidnapping, and murder. Death is also the punishment for apostasy (abandonment of the faith), heresy, blasphemy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, “sodomy or homosexuality,” incest, striking a parent, incorrigible juvenile delinquency, and, in the case of women, “unchastity before marriage.”
According to Gary North, women who have abortions should be publicly executed, “along with those who advised them to abort their children.” Rushdoony concludes: “God’s government prevails, and His alternatives are clear-cut: either men and nations obey His laws, or God invokes the death penalty against them.” Reconstructionists insist that “the death penalty is the maximum, not necessarily the mandatory penalty.” However, such judgments may depend less on Biblical Principles than on which faction gains power in the theocratic republic. The potential for bloodthirsty episodes on the order of the Salem witchcraft trials or the Spanish Inquisition is inadvertently revealed by Reconstructionist theologian Rev. Ray Sutton, who claims that the Reconstructed Biblical theocracies would be “happy” places, to which people would flock because “capital punishment is one of the best evangelistic tools of a society.”
The Biblically approved methods of execution include burning (at the stake for example), stoning, hanging, and “the sword.” Gary North, the self-described economist of Reconstructionism, prefers stoning because, among other things, stones are cheap, plentiful, and convenient. Punishments for non-capital crimes generally involve whipping, restitution in the form of indentured servitude, or slavery. Prisons would likely be only temporary holding tanks, prior to imposition of the actual sentence….”
In other words, if Rushdoony’s Thenomony were to be put into effect in this land, almost everyone I know would be exterminated – in the name of God. What’s worse, any minor children would be sold into indentured slavery to pay – financially – for our punishment, execution, and extermination. No, this is not some sick fantasy. This is the world according to R. J. Rushdoony and Gary North. It is being carried out in conjunction with Charles & David Koch, the John Birch Society, Ted Cruze, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann, and so froth and so on.
“…So, when we don’t monitor volcanoes, or when the Centers for Disease Control can’t do in-person trainings of state and local officials, that’s just exercising sound judgment? Because it sure sounds like a problem to me. Maybe, to satisfy Coburn that no one is getting any perks, Secretary of State John Kerry should start conducting diplomacy via Skype. Or when a disaster strikes, maybe FEMA could assess the damage by watching the local news. Hey, while we’re at it, maybe members of Congress shouldn’t go back and forth between their districts and Washington, D.C. That’s a total perk, right?…”
The anti-government libertarian likes to point to Thomas Jefferson as having invented small government, but as we have seen, he helped to define it.
This is the fourth of five parts. The series concludes tomorrow.