David McCullough, who is the American media's favorite historian, but probably the most biased current writer of American History has managed to rewrite the history of and rehabilitate the image of John Adams based on his Pulitzer Prize winning biography from 2001. (I am currently reading McCullough's 1776 and will have a book review on this website soon) This rewrite of John Adams' legacy has had a profound effect on how immune the media is to the highly un-American Patriot Act which was reauthorized by Congress on Friday.
John Adams' Alien and Sedition acts of 1798 were one of the most disgraceful episodes in American History. The acts gave the President the right to expel any foreign born resident who he deemed as "dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States," and to imprison any writer or journalist who disagreed with the official positions of President Adams. These acts trampled on the Bill of Rights, barely ten years old at the time, just as the Patriot Act does today. These acts were passed in reaction to a perceived enemy in France who was far from the greatest threat to American security and sovereignty in 1798, just as today Iraq and Osama Bin Laden are far from the most serious threats to American long term national security and world leadership.
The great difference between 1798 and today however, was in Thomas Jefferson and James Madison real opposition leaders who were thoughtful and brilliant existed. Had Jefferson been a Democrat in the year 2005 rather than a Republican (which evolved into today's Democratic Party) in 1798, he would likely have accepted the legislation as necessary considering "the grave terrorist threat," facing the USA and scared of a public backlash he would have wrapped himself around the flag commending the President on his quick actions to circumvent the Constitution in the expectation of future terrorist attacks. Today, 43 House Democrats including Florida Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Jim Davis voted with White House and the reactionary elements of the American public in reauthorizing one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation to pass since 1798. These Democrats need reread History and understand the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, who after all was the founder of the political partyto which they belong!
Thankfully, Thomas Jefferson not only did not behave like today's Democrats, but he in fact help mold the American ideal of liberty and freedom from tyranny. Jefferson did not believe the hand of Government needed to reach into every aspect of people's lives. Jefferson and Madison also righfully believed Great Britain and not France was the greatest threat to American security. James Madison rightfully declared war on Britain in 1812 and when the war was complete, the true American identity was forged and independence was finally secure forever. Jefferson and Madison realized that the French Revolutionaries were inspired by American Liberty, unlike Adams and Hamilton who seemed to have general affection for the British Monarch despite the Revolutionary struggle both had partaken in against the very same monarch just twenty years earlier.
Today's Democrats should forcefully point out America's greatest long term security threats come from nations such as Russia, China and India all of whom have Nuclear capabilities, the possibility of having reactionary Governments at any moment in time and the ability to sustain a long term conflict both military and economic with the West, as well as from Iran and North Korea both members of Nuclear club. The greatest threats to American Security do not come from Iraq and Afghanistan or Islamic terrorism, though the reactionary behavior of the Bush administration has no doubt made the Osamaists a much stronger worldwide force.
The Democrats of today have no ideas of their own and seem to just follow and react to whatever the GOP sets as an agenda and spouts as gospel. The media severs as a lap dog of the GOP's agenda and allows the Democrats cover from their failure to properly serve as an opposition party. How shameful. And the Democrats have the gall to call themselves "the Party of Jefferson? "
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