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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-29-06 12:12 PM
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27. That was one of the reasons...
but as a land owner, he was living in the economic environment of the times.

The following quotes reflect George Mason's views on slavery. While these excerpts portray Mason as against slavery, it is difficult to determine where he stood on how to address the difficulties of slavery. Mason owned a large number of slaves throughout his life, and never freed any that we know of. Nor did he advocate manumission as the answer to the slave issue. Slaves represented a large portion of Mason's wealth, and economic security for himself, and more importantly, his large family, weighed heavily on his mind. Likely, Mason did not know of a way to both end slavery, and at the same time ensure economic prosperity to plantation owners who depended on slave labor. Mason was, however, publicly vocal against slave importation, and he fought against its inclusion in the Constitution of the United States.

Dec. 23, 1765
The Policy of encouraging the Importation of free People & discouraging that of Slaves has never been duly considered in this Colony, or we shou'd not at this Day see one Half of our best Lands in most Parts of the Country remain unsetled, & the other cultivated with Slaves; not to mention the ill Effect such a Practice has upon the Morals & Manners of our People. 14
This quote came from Mason's response to the Stamp Act, where he devised a way for landlords to avoid paying stamp taxes. The first paragraph of the document reflects Mason's view on slave importation, while the rest of the document deals with the tax issue.

Another reason was that he believed that the office of the presidency should not be allowed to grant pardon for those convicted of treason:

The President of the United States has the unrestrained power of granting pardons for treason, which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to commit the crime, and thereby prevent a discovery of his own guilt.

If Mason had his way, Scooter and Bush would be in a bigger shit load of trouble! :evilgrin:
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