The Declaration of Rights drafted in 1776 by George Mason for the state constitution of Virginia influenced both Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. It clearly states that rights are "the basis and foundation of government." The Virginia Declaration of Rights also influenced the drafting of the Bill of Rights added to the U.S. Constitution as the first ten amendments.Yes, you read that correctly. Mason views states rights ("the good people of Virginia") as "the basis and foundation of government." This shows how much our history has been twisted by so-called historians who are little more than moral critics advancing a modern political agenda cloaked by their "profession."
But Mason had more to say. He was one of the more vocal opponents of slavery stating:
The infernal traffic originated in the avarice of British merchants. the British government constantly checked the attempt of Virginia to put a stop to it…Slavery discourages arts and manufactures. The poor despise labor when performed by slaves…Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a country.Yet Mason owned slaves all his life and did not free any of them in his will. This contradiction is explored briefly, here, in Mason's own words.
This is just one example of the complicated history of slavery in our country. But it's good to be reminded by these examples that history is far more nuanced than what we're seeing argued in the current "discussion" over