JOHN ADAMS, WATCH AND CRY
May 5, 2009
This past weekend, my wife and I watched, for the first time, the HBO Mini-series John Adams. I don't know why I haven't seen it before now, but I'm glad that my son urged me to rent the three DVD's and watch!
What a sense of awe struck us. The first episode took the viewer from the Boston Massacre of 1770 in which John Adams was called upon to defend the British soldiers who fired upon the crowd and killed five American civilians. Mr. Adams successfully defended the red coats and won the accolades of King George, but lost the respect of many of his townsfolk. It only took three years and the Boston Tea Party to bring himself to the place in which he could no longer stomach the burden the British crown placed on the colonies.
The first episode ends with Adams' service on the First Continental Congress, a gathering of representatives from twelve of the colonies in which the representatives adopted a Declaration and Resolves as well as a document which contained a list of rights and grievances and a petition to King George III for redress. This gathering was called in response to the passage of the Coercive Acts by the British Parliament.
John Adams and many from New England knew that the king would ignore their petitions and prepared for a Second Continental Congress. This is where the second episode picks up and is the one which stirred me to emotions I will share with you here. As I sat and watched the 56 men who assembled from all the colonies in which, after the all out assault on Ne England began the process of declaring independence from Great Britain. As the men debated, argued, maneuvered and ultimately moved toward a break from the mother country, each delegate reached the conclusion that to declare the colonies free and independent, separate from Great Britain was to sign their death warrant.
Realizing that there was no recourse, they affixed their signatures to the great document in United States history. By doing this, they defied the King of England and prayed. They hoped, begged and urged help from France and other allies with the thought in mind that if the colonies lose the war, there would be hundreds, perhaps thousands of men hanged for treason and the burdens the colonies would have to bear would far outweigh those they endured years before.
I cried as the thought ran through my brain that these men laid their lives on the line. Their bravery and fortitude today needs be remembered. Read this final paragraph from that marvelous document, penned by Thomas Jefferson and serves as the ultimate example of their devotion to liberty:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Notice that they pledged to each other to the citizens of this country their "lives," "fortunes," and "sacred Honor." They were saying, we lay down our lives for freedom, for liberty, for a new republic!
Now, we have a government which is spitting in the face of our forefathers! We have a president who would put this document in the past, leave it there, and forge ahead with an agenda which is far worse than that of King George. Our congress is pushing through taxes, spending programs, and liberty restricting laws that would put the average citizen in a class of people lower than the slave of the old Roman Empire. We have special interest groups which seek to eradicate from that document such phrases as "Nature's God," "Creator," and "Supreme Judge" and replace them with phrases like "Government," "Executive Power" and "Supreme Court."
We tell our children that what the founding fathers did is irrelevant today and what they strived for is no good for us today. We let our elected officials rule over, enslave and tax us in a manner that would make the founding fathers turn over in their graves. I have no doubt that were they alive today they would rise up an army and march it right into Washington, declare independence again and dare the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary to imprison them or put them to death.
I truly believe that their is only one way for an extreme leftist to rise up and support capital punishment is for someone, something, some body of believers in our Constitution to rise up in rebellion and lead us to break free from the shackles that the liberal democrats are placing on believers of freedom.
Although there was no such thing as a socialist in 1776, the precursor of such an ideology was King George III. Although he never advocated that the government take care of people of special interests, he did see the colonists as the object of heavy taxation to pay off the debts that the government chose to run up. Although there were no neo-Marxists running England clamoring for the government to punish the successful and claiming that it's leader was God Almighty, there were members of Parliament which had no problem taking precious goods from the hands of working people, claiming it as property of the government (read "state"), taxing it and sending it back to the colonists, forcing them to pay for it. It was ours to begin with!
What kind of person, what kind of government would take from you, claim it for himself/itself, tax it, and force it back on the one's from which it was taken? The answer is, the United States Government under the control of liberal democrats who see it as their God-given (oops, they mostly don't believe in God, do they?) let's say, see it as their Soros given right to take, claim, tax and force. Not even the Soviet Union, in all its enslaving Marxist-Leninist glory even dared to do that. There wasn't that kind of capital around to go around! It's as if Obama and his fellow democrats won the biggest lottery in history and only want to share it with their special interests.
They spit, urinate, defecate and vomit in the faces of the founders of our country. Want a little proof?
Let me ask you, my dear reader, one simple question which shall serve as a simple observation: Other than to ridicule a conservative, when was the last time you ever heard a liberal democrat ever mention the founding fathers or our nation's forefathers? Bill Clinton did one time in a speech in St. Louis. When? While campaigning for his first term in 1992! The reason? To note that the founding fathers were the founding fathers! They lived and wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Thanks for the history lesson Bill. Too bad your education program and the program proposed by your successor's successor kept and is keeping it from being taught today.
Watch John Adams, and cry with me. The country for which he and tens of thousands of American's fought is dying. It's almost dead. God help us if we have to endure four more years of Obama and his social-engineers in congress!
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.