When you have a President who says “If you LIKE your doctor, you can KEEP your doctor..period.”—- And then you find out, it was the biggest lie of his Presidency, you tend not to believe anything else he says: and when he says that Ebola will not become a pandemic in America, he could put a “period” behind that statement, and it wouldn’t matter.
Who in their right mind would believe him?
Ebola has been all over the news today…so naturally, it lead right into my Friday historical remembrances—- of another pandemic in our history, and how it affected MY favorite founder at that time:
The Smallpox pandemic of 1776.
It was the summer of 1776, and the Continental Congress had just celebrated their Declaration of Independence. John Adams was appointed chair of the Committee on War and Ordnance on July 13. John was responsible for all the large and small policy decisions governing the Continental Army. As many of you know, it was John who suggested George Washington be the commander of that army.
And what was going around America that summer? Smallpox.
John couldn’t leave his duties in Philadelphia…and he had taken the smallpox vaccination earlier, and survived, so Abigail, on her husband’s advice, took the family to Boston for inoculation against smallpox.
Most of the kids got deathly sick.
John wrote that he felt like “a savage to be here, while my whole Family is sick at Boston.”
From First Family by Joseph E. Ellis
In John’s mind’s eye he could simultaneously envision patriotic celebrations throughout the land, the largest fleet ever to cross the Atlantic gathering in Long Island Sound, and his entire family confined in quarantine amid a raging smallpox epidemic that, according to Abigail, had infected seven thousand people in and around Boston.
She wrote to John:
“Nabby (their daughter) has enough of the small pox for all the family beside. She is pretty well covered, not a spot but what is so soar that she can neither walk, stand, or lay with any comfort. She has above a thousand pussels are large as a great Green Pea. Little Charles in delirium for 48 hours. Has caught the pox in the natural way. ” She told John he should prepare for the worst.
He wrote back to her:
“The Small Pox had done Us more harm than British armies, Canadians, Indians, Negroes, Hanoverians, Hessian, and all the rest. And now it was threatening to carry off “my little babes.”
While John’s boy lay dying… The Continental Army had suffered a devastating defeat, and retreated up Manhattan.
John desperately wanted to return home, but did not feel he could leave his post with the Continental Army in such disarray. He had been working eighteen to twenty hour days for over two months, his eyes were permanently bloodshot, and his sight was strained, making it difficult to read, especially at night. The emotional l toll of witnessing a colossal blow to the American cause was high, and he knew better than most that Washington’s army had gone through a near death experience. The celebratory mood of early July was now replaced by the somber recognition that it was going to be a long war.
After his great victory, General William Howe told the Continental Congress that he would put an end to it all, and was prepared to offer a new and more acceptable reconciliation.
John informed him, ( And I LOVE this…sorry amfortas) that American had no need for pardon, because they had done nothing wrong.
Luckily little Charles survived until much later when he killed himself in a drunken stupor, but Abigail pulled the kids through the worst the summer of 1776, and John help pull the new country through its new birth.
And so, the smallpox epidemic that hit Boston, went on around the world—
During the 18th century the disease killed an estimated 400,000 Europeans each year, including five reigning monarchs, and was responsible for a third of all blindness.
Between 20 and 60% of all those infected—and over 80% of infected children—died from the disease. During the 20th century, it is estimated that smallpox was responsible for 300–500 million deaths. In the early 1950s an estimated 50 million cases of smallpox occurred in the world each year. As recently as 1967, the World Health Organization estimated that 15 million people contracted the disease and that two million died in that year.
Let’s hope we all can find the same courage that our forefathers had. As for believing anything that Obama says about Ebola? Let me refer us all, to a more recent reminder, about what to do when politicians lie:
Since the GOP seem eternally helpless in attacking Obama for the “madman” that he is (According to Bob Woodward today), they’ve come up with a fantastic idea!
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.
The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year.
Wow. What “out of the box” thinking. It reminds me of the time Rush Limbaugh was rallying the nation to go and vote for Hillary Clinton. How did that work out?
In other words, the system is so broken, and our leaders in Congress so impotent, they can’t think of what they really SHOULD have done long ago.
Supreme Court or not…impeach. Do what Obama does….get out of Washington and travel to all the cities and attack, attack, attack.
But no. We have wusses. Obama has committed so many “crimes and misdemeanors” over the American people, all you would need to do is stand him up and read him the Constitution.
Perhaps John Adams had it right: Without an educated populace, the tyrants will rule, as they always did in the first half of the history of humanity.
“In the earliest ages of the world, absolute monarchy seems to have been the universal form of government. But the fact is certain: and wherever a general knowledge and sensibility have prevailed among the people arbitrary government and every kind of oppression have lessened and disappeared in proportion.
The poor people it is true have been much less successful than the great. They have seldom found either leisure or opportunity to form a union and exert their strength: ignorant as they were of arts and letters. They have seldom been able to frame and support a regular opposition.”
So even back THEN, it was known that if you keep the people stupid, you will have no problem taking control over them, and to this Nobody it seems we are going back to the ages of tyrants.
So right…go ahead and give him more power: Do you think he will EVER give it back? You not going to convince any democrat at all, of how Obama has done anything wrong.
To them, he’s a god.
It’s said, Sam Adams started the Revolution, and he did it with the mighty pen. And since he really didn’t want his name on all his ranting against the crown…he made up all kinds of names for his penname:
Philo Patriae and Paces, Vindex the Avenger, Determinatus, Decant Ara Togae, (weapons are under my cloak!) Principiis Obsta: (principle obstacle) , Valerius Poplicola, Candidus, and Populus. He was also: An American, A Tory, Alfred, A Son of Liberty, A Puritan, and A Religious Politician– among many.
And Sam wasn’t the only one who wanted to remain anonymous.
Benjamin Franklin was Silence Dogood, and Polly Baker and Richard Saunders and Anthony Afterwit, Martha Careful, Alice Addertongue, Celia Shortface, Harry Meanwell, Fanny Mournful, Obadiah Plainman, Busy Body, and Sidi Mehemt Ibrahim.
John Adams was Sui Juris, U, Davila, and Humphrey Ploughjogger…and my personal favorite: Novanglus. (which means New England.)
James Madison was Helvidius and Cato…
After Thomas Paine wrote an anonymous pamphlet criticizing President George Washington‘s policies, John Quincy Adams (John’s son) wrote a series of anonymous articles called “Publicola”, defending the president. They were so well done people assumed his father wrote them.
And I even write under a pen name…Joyanna is a combination of my first name and my grandmother’s name…and Adams is not my married name, but I picked it out of respect to the founding Adams, as I am a direct descendant of that family on my mother’s side.
I really didn’t want anyone to know my married name.
In this country, writing under a pen name, thus remaining anonymous, has been protected by the Supreme Court.
In its 1960 decision in Talley v. California, the Supreme Court ruled that a law forbidding individuals from distributing handbills without identifying their identity unconstitutionally infringed on the First Amendment’s guarantee to free speech. The Court declared:
Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all. . . . Before the Revolutionary War colonial patriots frequently had to conceal their authorship or distribution of literature that easily could have brought down on them prosecutions by English-controlled courts. . . . It is plain that anonymity has sometimes been assumed for the most constructive purposes.
SO…what in the world is this new bill being proposed in the Illinois Senate all about?
A new bill proposed in the Illinois State Senate looks to completely wipe out any form of anonymity on the internet by requiring that the operators of basically any website on the entire internet take down any comment that isn’t attached to an IP, address, and real name-verified poster.
It’s called the Internet Posting Removal Act and was introduced on February 13th by Illinois General Assembly veteran Ira I. Silverstein [D]. Not wanting to leave any bases uncovered, Silverstein includes that an “Anonymous Poster” means “any individual who posts a message on a web site including social networks, blogs, forums, message boards, or any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.”
If James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay were alive and publishing under the false name “Publius” today, they would be prime candidates for prosecution under Virginia’s anti-spam law, and the Internet Posting Removal Act. They would most likely be using the Internet to get their message out to as many fellow citizens as possible. They could be arrested for speaking their minds on important issues of the day.
Clearly, Obama’s government wants to know WHO is writing the essays and blogs against them. Sure, there are some bad people out there spamming, but making it a crime to not sign your real name is not how are country was founded.
It is a right, given to us by our founders. If not for them, we wouldn’t be here.
And I’m sure Alice Addertongue would agree with me 100 percent!