Tom Brokaw v. Founding Fathers

Michael Geer,  January 21, 2013

Thursday Jan 17, Tom Brokaw was given time on MSNBC to tell the Founding Fathers the self-evident truths they laid their lives on the line for are farfetched.
Are we lucky, or what? Our talking heads know so much more than the men who pledged their lives, their sacred honor to free us from the tyranny of Kings and establish real freedom.

Brokaw spoke with Andrea Mitchell. He aimed his remarks at people who believe in the Constitution by saying, in a scholarly formal tone (which passes for derision in his circles), that 2nd Amendment defenders who say the Amendment is there to protect citizens from government tyranny are ‘pretty outlandish’.
“‘I have to keep my weapon because the government’s going to come and try to take it away from me, and I have to be able to fight back when that happens,'” Brokaw said. “Well that’s the most far-reaching thing you can possibly imagine.”
He expanded that utterance with, “If we get to a stage where storm troopers show up on your doorstep, it’s about a lot more guns, by the way, it’s anarchy in this country.”

Tom? No kidding, brother.  Someone once wrote:
“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable.”

Tom, can you summon the memory of John Kennedy’s famous remark concerning Thomas Jefferson? “There has never been a greater concentration of intellectual power here at the White House since Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
Tom, let’s recall Thomas Jefferson’s declaration about citizen’s Right to keep and bear arms so you may gauge the sensibilities of your statement.

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed….”  Thomas Jefferson, letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824.

Duty, Tom. Duty. And on the possibility of tyranny by our own government, Tom?

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”  Thomas Jefferson, ~third President of the United States.

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”  Thomas Jefferson, ~third President of the United States.

Really, sir. Are you so insular in your New York media cocoon that you are unlearned in our history, -unaware of the tyranny even now building, -blind to the disastrous road Washington has been building?
Tom, come with me and review George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment.

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”  George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment, during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

I close with two items you cannot understand, Tom, being a child of privilege and security. Everywhere you go, armed men stand ready to repulse evil for your sake, to put themselves between you and harm. Very few of us are afforded such luxury and then to have you pontificate out of hand that we are crazy for cherishing the Second Amendment and determined to use the Second Amendment is dastardly in its willful ignorance. I know you plead the Cause of Necessity, born of the horror of Newton, but Tom,
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt, 1783

Are you really more learned than our most famous voices. Tom? What have you built? What risks have you taken? What have you done other than talk? Fancy suits, car service on demand and $200 haircuts are not a soapbox from which you can stand and lecture us, Tom.

Maybe a mere bumper sticker is more the style of script you’re used to reading in your informed, formal tone, Tom.

“An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject.”   Anon.

“The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” – Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey

Michael Geer, author, publisher,  welcomes comments;;;

Brokaw is so wrong about everything. His lionization of the “Greatest Generation” (GG) misses the huge point. The GG was indeed great insofar as winning a conflict that saved the world from unimaginable tyranny, but they disappointed the Framer’s vision at every opportunity given them. They were great, but certainly not the greatest. And so Brokaw is wrong regarding the Framers. He has NOTHING in common with these God-inspired, brave men. He uses the warped prism of time to deride and decry their actions and behaviors, yet he doesn’t exhibit the true diligence to read the thoughts of these men and understand the whys and hows of their actions and decisions.


We got one new pair of shoes a year and one gift from my parents at Christmas except when we believed in Santa and got a little something from him. We had the same meals every week…..pinto beans, spaghetti, etc. and on the weekend mother splurged with home fried chicken (which was cheap back then). We went nowhere on vacation except to my grandparents’ houses. No Grand Canyon, no eating out, no color T.V., no expensive toys, but guess what, it was a wonderful childhood with no worries, and we kids never considered ourselves poor. We were rich with love.


You said it well. I have always questioned Brokaw’s GG deal. Keep in mind these folks came of age during the 30s when the US was having a serious consideration of adopting communism. This was clearly stated in the Comintern’s plan for the US. Also, the American left didn’t care a whit about Nazi Germany since the signing of the Non-aggression Pact with their soul mates in the USSR. Only after Operation Barbarossa started did they all of sudden become interested in confronting the Nazis. And to justify it, they embarked on a multi-generational propaganda campaign which painted the Nazis as right wingers instead of the hard leftists they truly were.

Excellent article and well said.
I have never agreed with Tom’s premise that the WW2 era was our greatest generation. America’s founders were by far the greatest generation of any nation of any time.

Its sad that these people in the media know so little history.
As Ronald Reagan said, “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Brokaw and Charlie Rose admitted on TV that they didn’t know a thing about obama.

Can you just imagine the Tom Brokaws and Andrea Mitchells and Rachael Maddows and Al Sharptons and Diane Sawyers and Lawrence O ‘Donnels and Michael Moores and Ed Laskys and the entire Jesse Jackson clan growing a garden, or feeding pigs, or HUNTING ? What a laugh riot….


Brokaw speaks out of ignorance of the founding fathers. He offers opinion without thought. JFK said it best “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. But Brokaw is one of many liberals who say stupid things watch MSNBC for a good example.

BubbasBBQ, Full Time IT professional, part time evil gun dealer

If America had lost the revolutionary war, every single one of the signers, every single commissioned officer, and every single NCO would have been dragged off to England and hanged in the same manner as your garden variety Pirate. The foot soldiers and sailors would have been either shot or enslaved and even more draconian laws would have been enacted. So to tell me they didn’t have a clear understanding when government turns on its citizens is totally and wholly removed from reality.

Sam E Moore Jr

Your right, 80 % the Americans taken Prisoners who were put on the bottoms of those British Ships in our Harbors actually died due to heat ,disease , little food and water with 250-300 men put cramped in dark filthy bottoms of Ships for many months at a time .
With no way of cleaning themselves or place to go to a bathroom .
Few even had buckets for body waste .
What little bread and food they got was said to have maggots and worms in it .
There are stories about them actually eating rats raw they caught all over them quite often.

Sam E Moore Jr

Tom Brokaw’s ignorance of listory is sickening and dead wrong.
KING GEORGE Himself put a large bounty on our Foundering Leaders heads .
Mainly King George was the most angry at George Washington , Thomas Jefferson ,
Patrick Henry , John Adams and Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Payne ,
As well as Samuel Adams , John Hancock George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr. and Francis Lightfoot.

King George called them Treasonous against King and Kingdom.  Punishable by hanging.
The Red Coats Generals staff officers actually passed out papers all over six Colonies giving large amounts of Money to those that gave them exact location of our Founders.
They also did that with Indian Tribes as well.
The truth is that a 1/3 supported England and King George , 1/3 our Founders, and 1/3 could care less who won.
Patrick Henry writes a lot about the Founders fearing for their lives .
The British burnt down several of their homes and plantations and looted them when looking.


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“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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