Most everyone is aware I will be debating Dr. Daniel Walker Howe from UCLA on the resolution- “Which is better for America – The Articles of Confederation (AoC) or the Constitution?” at Freedom Fest in Vegas in July. I, of course, will be the champion of the AoC. I have been steeping myself in the history and arcana of the era and had the fortune of running across this fascinating essay penned by Mr. Case. I cannot say I have ever had the highest regard for John Adams and suspected that HBO had something up its sleeve when it green-lighted the hagiographic production of the biopic in his name. As Tim Case demonstrates, it turns out that the government supremacists at HBO were simply doing what comes natural to them – celebrating the life of a collectivist who in the guise of a defender of freedom and liberty simply sought to Americanize the “divine right” of the British to rule over the scattered American population and do what all governments do – expropriate individual wealth and time through the threat or implementation of violence for a small cabal of non-producers and their associated looter clients in the population. This had all the earmarks of the War of the Regulation in the Carolinas from 1764-1771 and the Aurora incident was illustrative of those sentiments. In correspondence, Mr. Case has examined the very foundational document – the Constitution – to discover that it is THE enabling mechanism for what they suffered then and what we suffer now. Take the time to read Mr. Case’s archives and you’d be the better for it. -BB
The Federalists Reveal Their True Nature
“Fear is the foundation of most governments.”
~ John Adams
The other day I was talking with our town mayor concerning the present administration and the events unfolding in the United States. We both felt the lawless actions, supported and encouraged by the Obama cartel, portend very ominous times, but he was taken back when I mentioned that this country was headed for a break-up if not a civil war.
His expression of shock was accompanied by the declaration that anyone who has been in a war zone would not wish another civil war on this country. I agreed, but again shocked him when I noted that it wouldn’t be the everyday citizens of the America who would start the civil uprising leading to war, but rather it would be the present administration and the power elite.
He asked what I thought would be the catalyst for such a horrific event. I answered with a simple question: “Have you ever heard of the Philadelphia Aurora?”
The good mayor admitted he had not; just as I suspect that few in this country know of, or the history behind the Philadelphia Aurora newspaper; or the evil intent that has been demonstrated by the American Federal government since the late 1700’s.
The general media’s frequent glib use of the word “crisis” in their headlines in an attempt to scare the reader has all but rendered the word nonsensical; if not totally irrelevant. True, a crisis has come to mean another emergency or catastrophe, but this was not always the case.
The identification and clarification of a “crisis” has a far more threatening meaning when it is understood in its full context. Historically a crisis is “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.” This has a direct relationship to what is probably the original meaning of the Greek word “krisis” with its medical implications: “the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.”
It was in the context of a turning point that a crisis occurred in the American experience and in which the Philadelphia Aurora plays a significant part.
The Philadelphia Aurora or the “Aurora” – as it came to be known – was originally founded in 1790 under the name “General Advertiser” by one Benjamin Franklin Bache, the grandson of Benjamin Franklin.
There seems to be little disagreement among historians that during the period between 1790 and 1793 the General Advertiser was one of, if not the, most important political journals in the fifteen states. That status was solidified with the closing, in 1793, of the National Gazette owned by Philip Freneau, leaving Bache and his newspaper as the chief source of criticism of the administration and policies of George Washington.
In 1794, B.F. Bache added the name of Aurora, and continued defending the ongoing French Revolution while acrimoniously chastising Washington’s administration for its “pro-British” predisposition, prejudices and sentiments.
It was the Aurora, in 1795, which leaked the text of Jay’s Treaty, then through the paper’s editorials and articles, generated well-known common protests against the tenets of the treaty.
Thomas Jefferson along with James Madison, were the leading opponents of the treaty. Adversaries of the treaty argued that any further economic ties with Britain would only strengthen the monarchists/Federalists here in the United States.
For the present it averted another war with Great Britain – which made both sides of the debate happy and surely had a great deal to do with the treaty’s ratification – but by 1803 the agreement was in tatters. The treaty’s failure was instrumental in causing renewed tensions between the United State and Britain, which ultimately resulted in the War of 1812.
It was also during 1795 that the Aurora began publicly increasing its attacks on the president by accusing George Washington of monarchical tendencies, financial malfeasance, an inferior military record and being “servile to Britain and hostile to France.”
The Aurora along with it supporters lost the battle over the Jay Treaty, but in the process this one newspaper emerged as the single greatest supporter of Thomas Jefferson’s campaign for the presidency, over the bid of John Adams, during the 1796 election. As such, the Aurora became the center of the Republican newspaper network disseminating its anti-federalist/pro-Jeffersonian message to the now sixteen states of the United States.
The election of 1796 was close, but in the end the final electoral vote was 71 for John Adams and 68 for Thomas Jefferson. (Bache and his paper had warned the American people of the deadly intentions of Adams who had no desire to be president, but rather sought to seize the reins of power as king. Those supporting Jefferson were not wrong! Adams had addressed this subject to Benjamin Rush on June 9, 1789 when Adams wrote: “America must resort (to) hereditary Monarchy or Aristocracy…as an asylum during discord, Seditions and Civil War.”)
The supporters of Thomas Jefferson had once again lost the argument, but the election of John Adams – who Bache identified as the “Old, querulous, Bald, blind, crippled, Toothless Adams,” – had made them some powerful, if not eternal, enemies.
What the Americans had after the election of 1796 was not a new president but a haughty and fault-finding scholar; a narcissistic Harvard graduate and Massachusetts lawyer; an argumentative, ugly, short, belligerent bully who wanted more than anything to be king.
Those who knew John Adams have said of him: “in some things (he is) absolutely out of his senses” – Benjamin Franklin; “sometimes (he is) absolutely mad” – Thomas Jefferson; “sometimes wholly out of his senses” – James Madison; “(He is) liable to paroxysms of anger, which deprive him of self command” – Alexander Hamilton; “a brute in manners and a bully in his family” – John Adams’ nephew Thomas.
On July 6, 1798, just a little over a year after taking the oath of office (March 4, 1797), the U.S. Congress under the leadership of John Adams enacted two pieces of legislation which were the very mirror of the president’s personality: An Act Respecting Alien Enemies which has become known as the Alien Act of 1798. Then eight days later on July 14, 1798 an addendum labeled: An Act in Addition to the Act, Entitled “An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States” which is commonly called the Sedition Act of 1798. Today we refer to these two pieces of legislation as the “The Alien and Sedition Act of 1798.“
Historians always give an altruistic reason for the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 by referring to the XYZ affair along with the Quasi War with France and the need to “increase military preparations,” or to “enact a series of internal security measures.” I prefer to accept these acts for what they were and as defined by Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Stephens Thompson Mason dated October 11, 1798:
“…I consider those laws as merely an experiment on the American mind, to see how far it will bear an avowed violation of the Constitution. If this goes down, we shall immediately see attempted another act of Congress, declaring that the President shall continue in office during life, reserving to another occasion the transfer of the succession to his heirs, and the establishment of the Senate for life… (Emphasis mine) That these things are in contemplation, I have no doubt; nor can I be confident of their failure, after the dupery of which our countrymen have shown themselves susceptible…”
Then in November of 1798 Vice-President Jefferson writes to John Taylor:
“…It is a singular phenomenon, that while our State governments are the very best in the world, without exception or comparison, our General Government has, in the rapid course of nine or ten years, become more arbitrary, and has swallowed more of the public liberty than even that of England. (Emphasis mine) I enclose you a column, cut out of a London paper, to show you that the English, though charmed with our making their enemies our enemies, yet blush and weep over our sedition law…”
No, the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798 was the result of a conscious, premeditated attempt on the part of the Monarchists/Federalists to destroy the Constitution, purge the states of the Irish using racial hatred, while at the same time silencing by prosecuting, beating, murdering, or deporting any critics, and the Aurora’s owner B.F. Bache, was at the head of the list.
This attempt rested on a fabricated, undeclared war, and the delusion (Jefferson’s word) called the XYZ Affair. It was in the words of Thomas Jefferson the “reign of witches”; an organized, orchestrated reign of terror on the part of the Federal government!
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