Wow. I’m not sure what to think about this. It’s too easy to take the easy cheap shot on this, but it still gives me the creeps, mostly because of the connection to Frederick Douglass. And I just can’t imagine why anyone would want to live in a place like this. Donald Rumsfeld’s summer home on Chesapeake Bay is a place known to locals as Mount Misery. It was originally owned by a notorious slaveholder named Edward Covey, who was known as a “Negro breaker”. Other slaveowners would send their slaves to him to have their will broken so they would be docile and submissive from that point on. Among those went to Mount Misery was Frederick Douglass, who later escaped and became one of the world’s most brilliant and eloquent voices against slavery. Douglass wrote of his time there in a book published in 1855 called My Bondage and My Freedom. For the relevant portion of the book, click here. Can you imagine living in such a place, a place infamous for the unimaginable cruelty and oppression that took place there? I can’t. It would be like buying Auschwitz for a summer cottage.