The progressive conscience of J.J. Ellis
By Michael Moriarty
He goes as Joseph J. Ellis on the covers of his history books, but after what I have learned about him in the last few days he is without question a full Southern politician reminiscent of J. C. Calhoun or that other flagrantly Southern contemporary of Ellis, W. J. Clinton.
Northern Progressives, as opposed to Southern Progressives, if they are smart and wealthy enough, go by three initials, as in FDR for Franklin Delano Roosevelt … oh, I forgot the disgustingly impressive LBJ of Texas, obviously in his own mind the second FDR.
I had approached "J. J's" 1996 biography of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, most eager to fly through our third President's life from a fresh, contemporary and regrettably but necessarily Progressive point of view.
Little did I know that I was stepping into a hornet's nest that not only involved Thomas Jefferson, but Mount Holyoke, West Point, a breathtaking list of major lies, told repeatedly, and finally and most importantly, William Clinton's defense against impeachment.
If I remember my last experience with Mount Holyoke in the early sixties as an actor in the Dartmouth College road tour of Waiting for Godot, yes, that Mount Holyoke was a girls' school. Since the 1980's Prof. J. J. Ellis, if only to make his female students' hearts flutter, claimed, in his lectures, to have served in Vietnam under General Westmoreland, which is not true. Joseph Ellis was – and is again – Professor of History on the Ford Foundation at Mount Holyoke College, but at no time was he closer to Vietnam than West Point and an ROTC unit, as an article in the Boston Globe revealed in 2001.
I say "is again," because the rather extreme elaboration he has placed around his own life persuaded Holyoke to part ways with him for some time. As far as I know all is forgiven now in Mount Holyoke. It seems that he has even used his unfortunate penchant to lie as part of his new profile, the "troubled professor of absolute genius," so to speak, rather like the mathematician John Nash. However, Prof. Nash was diagnosed as schizophrenic whereas Prof. Ellis is a self-confessed liar.
Since I, as my readers well know, wouldn't trust either of the Clintons, Mr. Ellis' more than willing desire to save Mr. Clinton from the impeachment's charges can only confirm that old adage "birds of a feather flock together." What J. J. said of W. J.'s sexual peccadillo with Monica Lewinsky is that in light of Thomas Jefferson's affair with Sally Hemings, President Clinton should be allowed and forgiven his boyish ways.
Norman Mailer, author of Lust and Genius, would perhaps have offered an even fuller explanation for the wildly abandoned sexual life Mr. Clinton seems to have led. It just seems to go with the territory, and if John F. Kennedy's love life is any indication, genius has no regard for a religious persuasion. Both Catholic and Progressive Baptist Presidents are almost driven to making whoopee.
As you may know, if you are one of Enter Stage Right's regular readers, I myself am running for the presidency of the United States. I have described myself as a libertarian Catholic, the Catholic half mainly referring to my profound abhorrence of abortion.
Three of the major candidates in the upcoming election, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Rudolph Giuliani, are pro-abortion and therefore they are neither Democrat nor Republican, they are Progressive.
This, of course, brings me back to Mr. Ellis and the conscience of the Progressives. To be pro-Clinton is to be pro-abortion. Mr. Ellis' profoundly cavalier attitude toward the truth – one very odd proclivity for a history professor to have – has led me to a much deeper understanding of just how profoundly connected American Progressive thought and the American Southern Confederacy really are.
Supremacism is at the undeniable core of any snobbery. But the Southern Confederacy's 89 years of slavery, 6 years of its risking Southern lives for the right to enslave African Americans and the automatic shifting of the Southern vote to the Democratic Party – anything but Lincoln's Republican Party – has wedded the entire Southern Progressive movement to even the black community by virtue of abortion and abortion alone.
What a quick way to get everybody off the hook. That there are 1 ½ million abortions in America – and that's a conservative estimate – indicates how forgetful Americans can become, and actually how contemptuous toward the Declaration of Independence they reveal themselves to be, since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973.
Although the title of Mr. Ellis' book, American Sphinx, might wrap our third President's memory in Egyptian mystery – a disturbingly odd corner of the world to evaluate the United States from, but profoundly "fashionable" among American Progressives such as J. J. Ellis – but the contents are mainly a "debunking" scheme, an actual sabotage mission targeting American self-confidence. Even Abraham Lincoln is dismissed as a gullible fool for Thomas Jefferson.
"Oh, those awful Republicans!"
The book waffled twice on the evidence, or lack thereof, which could conclusively prove Thomas Jefferson the father of at least one of Sally Hemings' children. Ellis' first version denied any Jefferson paternity of black children. But then, following a DNA investigation, the Virginia Pulitzer Prize winner concluded that Jefferson's affair with Sally Hemings included children as well.
The subtitle of American Sphinx, "The character of Thomas Jefferson," essentially revolves around the Sally Hemings issue, but it is now known and respectably accepted from DNA evidence that one of 25 male members of the Jefferson family could have fathered one of Ms. Hemings' children, and that conclusion points a finger at not only the President, but even more possibly his brother Randolph and Randolph's sons.
What is so immediately important about all this?
The Ellis-Clinton connection.
The Clinton Empire, the most calculated and most cunningly influential American family worldwide – and much of that influence still remains in the heart of America's voting memory – has a massive and profound support base that is essentially a nation within itself, the Progressive Empire.
Legalized abortion is not only the Progressive's major policy achievement, it is the cornerstone of its influence. Should abortion again be criminalized, the entire Clinton Empire and the Progressive United Nations Building would fall into the East River where it would be obliged to paddle its way to profoundly Progressive Paris, France.
Roe v. Wade was, and still is, a massive license to murder. The most selfish corner of America, both male and female, have rushed to support Bill and Hillary, because this Bonnie and Clyde team did help them escape, run out from under any responsibility as sexual human beings. The euphemism for murder now is abortion.
In that same respect Progressive is the antonym of a Progressive's real intent which is regression, an infantile shirking of responsibility. No wonder Bill Clinton has such a relaxed smile on his face. He takes personal responsibility for nothing. He let his lawyers, his wife and the likes of Professor J. J. Ellis bail him out of trouble. In short, there is no such thing as a Progressive conscience.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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