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Obama’s Jeffersonian Muslim Revisionist Lie

Barack Hussein Obama is a practitioner of many nasty and nefarious things as our President, but none are more destructive to our nation and its endlessly fascinating and largely glorious past than his frequent practice of revisionist history.

The term revisionist means actually, well, lying.

The most recent of these was made during a Presidential speech at a White House dinner, hosted by Barack and Michelle Obama, to celebrate the end of the month-long fast on the part of the Muslim world, a practice which is known as Ramadan.  The end of the fast, which seems to require some sort of celebratory event, at least in the alternate universe of the Obama Administration, is known as Iftar.  In his remarks at this dinner, the second in his two year Presidency, Obama made various claims in his increasingly pathetic attempts to legitimize the world of Islam, the most outrageous of which was that one of our greatest Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, (who Obama fashioned as a fellow admirer of the Muslim world), hosted the first Iftar dinner at the White House.

Both of these claims are patently false. 

The truth about Thomas Jefferson and his involvement in the world of Islam in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries is a fascinating tale, and can be described as both romantic and dashing.  It involves pirates, known swashbucklingly at the time as ‘corsairs,’ international intrigue and ultimately acts of astounding military courage on the part of the newly-created United States Marines. 

The truth had nothing to do with Jefferson being sympathetic to the Muslim world.  The opposite is, in fact, the case.  As the historian Michael Oren points out:
“Jefferson was typical of the Americans who…viewed the region [the Muslim states of North Africa] as the repository of despotism, depravity, and backwardness, a kind of inverse mirror of their own democracy, probity, and enlightenment. Certainly, to his mind, a band of Muslim holy warriors bent on enslaving innocent American sailors was far more deserving of whiffs of grapeshot than bags of hard-earned gold….But with much of American opinion still opposed to using force, Jefferson had no alternative other than to continue negotiating with North Africa for the hostages’ eventual release.”

To Jefferson, the Muslim corsairs were nothing but “sea dogs,” and a “pettifogging nest of robbers.”  He eventually arrived at the conclusion that only an appropriate military response would be effective, in part in reaction to the many ‘heartbreaking’ letters he received from sailors who were cruelly imprisoned by Muslim pirates, many of whom were ‘mortally afflicted by the plague.’  As Jefferson made known, he “suffered perpetual anxiety” for the innocent American captives.

In December 1790, Jefferson recommended that America go to war against the Muslims:  “The liberation of our citizens has an intimate connection with the liberation of our commerce in the Mediterranean,” he explained to Congress.  “The distresses of both proceed from the same cause, and the measures which shall be adopted for the relief of one…may…involve the relief of the other.”  This was indeed an uncharacteristically hawkish position on the part of Thomas Jefferson, in that he would ordinarily have preferred the payment of tribute to taking military action.  This reflects the seriousness of the situation at the time. 

Numerous diplomatic efforts were made on the part of Jefferson, as well as his fellow American diplomat, John Adams, to try to quell what had become a crisis on the high seas for the U.S. since losing its British maritime protection following the Revolutionary War.  After certain of these efforts, the stunned Ambassadors made the following report to Congress providing the Muslim response to the American request that they stop their aggressive and violent activities: 
The Tripolitan Ambassador to Great Britain, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adia, had informed Jefferson and Adams of the following:   “…that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

During these and other drawn out negotiations, Jefferson reached the conclusion that the ‘purchase of peace,’ i.e., appeasement, worked only temporarily with the Muslims, and that history proved that they would always break whatever agreement they reached with the young nation of America, later blame the Europeans for whatever acts of piracy that had occurred, and then demand a higher ‘tribute.’  In Jefferson’s classic fashion, he reached this conclusion through considerable study, much of this an examination of the history of militant Islam.  And contrary to yet another false claim made by Obama, though Jefferson did indeed possess a copy of the Koran in his library of over 3,000 volumes, it was an English translation and thus not eligible to be called the ‘holy book’ to which the historical illiterate Obama refers.  Jefferson was not a particular devotee of Islam, as Obama infers; Jefferson was interested in all religions, in fact he was interested in just about everything.  He was both a ‘curious and cultivated’ man. 

Not included in Obama’s reference to the contents of Thomas Jefferson’s library was that  Jefferson also owned a much read copy of the work about Muslims entitled “The True Nature of the Impostor Displayed,” by Humphrey Prideaux, an inveterate critic of Islam at the time.

It was not until 1801, when Jefferson was President, that the U.S. went to war against Islam, a conflict that lasted just over 4 years, after which the Barbary pirates backed down, then of course rapidly resumed their nefarious activities.  Not until 1830 was terrorism on the high seas, (which was not so much acts of piracy, as Muslims ‘encouraged to prey on Christian shipping’), by the practitioners of Islam finally stopped.

While embroiled in the war with Islamic terrorists in his day, Jefferson commented, “Too long, for the honor of nations, have those Barbarians been suffered [permitted] to trample on the sacred faith of treaties, on the rights and laws of human nature!”  Mr. Jefferson, in numerous of his later writings, seemed to have reached the conclusion that the ‘religion’ of Islam was based on ‘nothing the likes of which Jefferson had ever seen.’  To him, it was based on “supremacism” “…whose holy book condoned and mandated violence against unbelievers.”  Jefferson understood that what the Koran commanded its followers, among other things, was that peace with Islam could be achieved only through submission by non-believers, as “submission to Islam is peace.”

Jefferson’s opinion of Islam notwithstanding, during his Presidency he did as Presidents do, and maintained contact with diplomats and others of the other nations of the world who were in the U.S. Capital representing their country.  One of these representatives, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, had been sent from the Bey of Tunis to negotiate with the American government, which the Muslims had finally agreed to do only after Muslim ships had been captured by American frigates.  Contrary to Obama’s claim that Mellimelli was the first Muslim Ambassador to the U.S., the ‘exotic gentleman’ (as he was regarded in Washington at the time) was a temporary envoy sent for a short time to deal with this specific issue. The envoy, along with his 11 attendants, stayed in a Washington hotel for the six months of their stay, which was paid for by the American government, and it was said that they lived lavishly.  It was not until the delegation’s request for ‘concubines’ that Jefferson balked.  Never one to miss an opportunity to absolve himself when any sort of thorniness arose, Jefferson turned the issue over to Secretary of State Madison to ‘attend to the matter.’

During his brief tenure, Mellimelli had been invited to several dinners by President Jefferson, and was considered to be quite a man about town.  It was in 1805 that the Tunisian envoy responded to one such invitation, which happened to coincide with the Muslim event of Iftar, by saying that he could not attend due to having to abide by the fasting rule during the month of Ramadan as commanded by his faith.  During this religious observance, no Muslim is permitted to eat anything until sundown, and as dinner was served normally around 3:30 p.m. in that time, Mellimelli was forced to decline the President’s invitation.  No one in the world of early 19th Century America was aware of what Ramadan was, nor did anyone care.  Jefferson, as he was a courtly and courteous man, simply moved the hour for dinner a few hours ahead.  The President did not change the menu, nor did he change anything else.

What, if anything, has changed since Thomas Jefferson’s involvement with the world of Islam?   In late 18th and early 19th Century America, we saw ‘Jihad against the West,  obfuscation regarding Muslim history, spouting violent orders from the Koran as justification for Muslim murder and mayhem, and abrogating signed international treaties.’   That about covers it for 21st Century America, doesn’t it?

There is one major difference, however.  While Jefferson dealt with our Muslim enemies in a realistic and determined fashion, with the point of the exercise being the protection of American citizens, our current clueless President glosses over these and every other Muslim atrocity in his continued attempts to appease our most violent, and centuries-old, enemy.

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  • DrSique

    No no tboz, we Americans don’t like it when you Muslims call us bigots for getting a bit angry when you murder thousands of our citizens in cold blood. The “CIA people” actually helped the Afghans defeat the Russian occupation and regain their independence. Lots of gratitude for that adventure, huh??? It is not about their religion but the fact that they are living in the seventh century and still haven’t gotten over the Crusades. I suppose that I should hold the guy who runs the local 7 Eleven responsible for the piracy of the Barbary Coast. Get real and, most importantly, get current!!!!!

  • Scott Bellefy

    Whenever, someone insults someone as an illiterate, they know that they are one that is. Do the research yourself, in an unbiased way and you will find Susan is wrong.
    Jay C…..must be a Redneck.

  • tboz6547

    I was educated in the American public schools and don’t consider Benjamin Franklin to be a slave trader. I also know who Washington Irving, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Francis Scott Key are. I even went to a “communist” public university and can discuss all of these people at length. Which schools did you go to that cause you to think that these subjects are not discussed anymore or that a person who was the President of the Harvard Law Review wouldn’t have ever run across them? Go ask any sane liberal whether Ben Franklin was a slave trader and you’ll get the same answer I gave. There are actually liberal policies out there that are worth arguing about, but when you get started on straw men like this, it discredits the whole movement.

  • tboz6547

    Am I an illiterate or just illiterate?

  • tboz6547

    A) I’m not a Muslim
    B) When I said, “you guys” I was referring to the sheep commenting on this site.
    C)Nobody called you a bigot.
    D) Nobody belittled the CIA or suggested they were on the wrong side.
    E)You say it is not about their religion, but the fact that you get worked up over the president having a Ramadan dinner would suggest that it is about the religion. Last I checked I don’t think he had Ramadan dinner with Bin Laden? What is the problem with Ramadan itself if you don’t have a problem with the religion?
    F) My earlier post was not really intended to be serious, more of a Jonathan Swift type of humor. My point being, that if we as non Muslim-Americans (the two things are not separate, there are muslim americans, right?) should not associate with Muslims or respect their religious freedom, then what is the logical final conclusion here? If your suggestion is that we can’t talk with them, negotiate with them, or reach out to them without being called a traitor, then it begs the question of when we start the holy war, no?

  • tboz6547

    There are 5 million to 7 million Muslims in the United States. They make up between 10,000 and 20,000 members of the American military.

  • tboz6547

    Wouldn’t the first commandment pretty much disqualify all Christians then too?

  • tboz6547

    You sure we can trust that? Isn’t Princeton one of those Ivy League socialist hotbeds?

  • tboz6547

    I like your style…. You don’t even beat around the bush, you just get straight to the bigotry

  • tboz6547

    Last I checked Obama was the CIC of the Marines, no?

  • tboz6547

    You clearly aren’t very educated. Marxist and Nazi are two very different things…. Why not just go with Muslim/Christian? Or Capitalist/Socialist?

    And if anyone was allied with Hitler during WWII, I think it was the white Christian protestants of Germany that voted for him no? Or maybe the Pope? I think you’ll have to do a lot less digging to find those connections….

  • hijinx60

    Show me a christian as dedicated to God as a muslim is to Allah, and maybe I can answer that. Besides, this nation was founded upon Judeo-Christian roots and has, until the past 80 or so years done just fine. Show me this much true liberty in a muslim nation.

  • tboz6547

    James Dobson is a pretty dedicated Christian…. I certainly know Muslims less devout than he…

    What do you think comes first for Dobson, God or Country?

  • michael

    To tboz6547
    Donro is perfectly correct. Nazism, aka National Socialism, is Socialism (which again is 2 wheel drive Marxism) – a rose by any other name is still a rose.
    Donro is also right on when he says Obama believes that ‘the end justifies the means’ – this is related to two very Islamic traditions: ketman and taqiyya – look them up.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Since this article includes a discussion of Ramadan, I have to note something that has always puzzled me. I spent several years in Saudi Arabia, and had ample opportunity to observe the month of Ramadan. It appeared to me that the Muslims fasted during the day, and then stayed up all night eating and partying. They then came to work the following days and slept under their desks. Fasting didn’t appear to be so difficult while they were asleep. The need for a party at the end of the month seemed superfluous.

  • John

    Oh if we only had more writers like Ms Dale. I’ve learned more about Muslimism, Obamaism, and revisionism in one article than I could ever have in a year of listening to the lame-stream media. Why don’t the O’Reillys, Hannity’s and Becks take advantage her insightful thinking?

  • 54caliber

    Also it was these same PROTESTANTS that tried time and again to take hitler out.

  • 54caliber

    Also it was these white PROTESTANTS that tried time and again to take hitled out.

  • Donro

    I agree with everything you say!

  • Donro

    The Muslim pigs joined Adolf Hitler against the free world in World War II. The Muslim are the scum-trash of the world and must be defeated as they wish to enslave the entire world.

  • Donro

    Be happy to be a cowboy!!!!!

  • Michael E. Newton

    You write: 
    “In December 1790, Jefferson recommended that America go to war against the Muslims:  “The liberation of our citizens has an intimate connection with the liberation of our commerce in the Mediterranean,” he explained to Congress.  “The distresses of both proceed from the same cause, and the measures which shall be adopted for the relief of one…may…involve the relief of the other.””

    You should have also read the previous paragraph where Jefferson offers an alternative to war.
    “Should it be thought better to repress force by force, another expedient for their liberation may perhaps offer. Captures made on the enemy may perhaps put us into possession of some of their mariners, and exchange be substituted for ransom.”