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Sec. Clinton Nonsensically Compares Margaret Sanger to Thomas Jefferson

7:54 AM, Apr 24, 2009 • By KEVIN VANCE
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As for Jefferson, he opposed slavery--as both John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln argued in their own times. The primary principle that animated his political thought, his vision, is the "self-evident" truth "that all men are created equal." The fact that he continued to own slaves until his death in 1826 is in many ways a contradiction of his political vision. It can be attributed partly to the selfishness described by Jefferson himself in his Notes on the State of Virginia, that "no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him." It can also be partly attributed to Jefferson's prudential judgment that a gradual emancipation combined with colonization would be preferable to the immediate emancipation of millions of free blacks into a virulently racist society. In any case, Clinton's comparison here doesn't hold up.

There was a bit of good news from the hearing, as Clinton reaffirmed her longstanding opposition to forced abortion and forced sterilization in China.

When she was asked a follow-up question by Rep. Smith, Clinton called the imbalance between girls and boys "a ticking demographic bomb that is going to explode within their society." Smith questioned Clinton about the administration's decision to send $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund, which has cooperated in the past with China's program of forced abortions and sterilizations. Clinton's response leaves room for hope:

I don't believe that there is any grounds for our being connected to any policy that supports [forced abortion or sterilization]. But I will look into the point that you made.