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Subject: Re: Lady Godiva Admired
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 23:36:49 EST
I had originally composed the following to send as a private message to
Malinda Jones, but I changed my mind. She has seen fit to bring up this
piddling little complaint on the list, so I now think that I must respond on
the list. I am sorry to take this space and time away from the members who
are primarily interested in Medieval genealogy, but I think it is necessary.
The fact that she has had the mamba of the list come out in her favor had
something to do with my decision also.
In a message dated 12/18/2002 10:05:05 PM Central Standard Time,
> You are being slanderous and irresponsible which I find highly offensive.
> I would like to politely request that you desist from making such
> unless you can back them up with proof of misbehavior.
> Otherwise, kindly refrain from besmirching a great man who risked
> everything to provide you with the freedom of speech you are now so
> cavalierly abusing at his expense.
> Washington's broad shoulders can withstand your smut balls, but why
> should they have to ?
> I would respectfully suggest that you...and any other people who enjoy
> taking potshots at those who provided you with the democracy which
> is now so imperiled...refrain from legally actionable offenses toward the
> Founding Fathers in general and George Washington in particular.
> ~malinda jones
> Member National Association of Washington Family Descendants
I am possibly as good, if not a better, patriotic American, then you are. I
have served my country in it's military service in time of war. I have
supported many patriotic and political operations. I have never failed to
pay my calculated taxes, nor report for jury duty when summoned. I have
missed very few votes since my first vote in 1948. In other words I have
been a good citizen of my nation.
I have great respect for George Washington, as a leader, and as a man. I
also have the belief that no man can be perfect, and this includes George
Washington. I have no proof or even a good suspicion that he had relations
with anyone other than his own spouse, but I would not be surprised nor
dismayed if I found out he had. This is something called human nature, and
it seems that the more powerful you become the easier you can succumb to the
physical sins. Our most recent president, Bill Clinton, is a perfect example
of that statement. Even Jimmy Carter, who I think was the most moral
president in my lifetime admitted to "lusting in his heart." If you expect
perfection in man you live in a dream world, and I suggest that you try to
look around and learn something about your own species.
I have made no accusations against George Washington, or any other historical
personality. I have merely mentioned that such and such was possible. You
ask me to prove that such had occurred. The best, and most easy, response to
that request is to advise you to prove that it didn't. I won't do that
because I know that would be impossible for you to do. It would also be
impossible for me to prove a sexual interlude in which George Washington took
part at this late date in history. If it had been known of at the time there
would surely have been some of his enemies, and he had American enemies, to
bring it to the public's attention.
We do know about Benjamin Franklin's affairs and it has not injured his fame.
You have over reacted to a mere bon mot, as it were, which I threw in to
lighten the scene.
If you feel that you have grounds for a lawsuit, please go ahead, but do not
threaten me with such, unless you intend to follow through. Such threats
are, in themselves, grounds for suit. I have lived too long to stand still
Member of the citizenry of the United States of America, and Texas
P.S.: I hope you can recover from this terrible blow to your psyche that I
have unintenetionally given. I assure you it was unintentional.