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Nobody Remembers the Jubilee Address of JQA

Nobody Remembers Thanks to an Email

I got this last week (thanks to ‘g’ man.) —John Quincy Adams,  gave a very important history lesson in American government and what THEY meant by it, back in the day our government was created.

Everybody should give it a read, least we forget.

In fact, send it to Nancy Pelosi, since she is having trouble remembering even whose President.

(And Congress.)

Enjoy the mind of the man who had the highest IQ of any President then or now. (Wait…what’s Trump’s? )

John Adams’ son, John Quincy, was 9 when the Declaration of Independence was written, 20 when the Constitution was framed, and from his teen years, served in various capacities in both the Legislative and Executive branches of the government, including as President. His words on this subject should be instructive on the subject at hand.

First picture ever taken of aa American President.

First picture ever taken of aa American President.

In 1839, JQA was invited by the New York Historical Society to deliver the “Jubilee” Address honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington. He delivered that lengthy discourse which should be read by all who love liberty, for it traced the history of the development of the ideas underlying and the actions leading to the establishment of the Constitution which structured the United States government. His 50th-year summation seems to be a better source for understanding the kind of government the Founders formed than those of recent historians and politicians. He addresses the ideas of “democracy” and “republic” throughout, but here are some of his concluding remarks:

“Every change of a President of the United States, has exhibited some variety of policy from that of his predecessor. In more than one case, the change has extended to political and even to moral principle; but the policy of the country has been fashioned far more by the influences of public opinion, and the prevailing humors in the two Houses of Congress, than by the judgment, the will, or the principles of the President of the United States. The President himself is no more than a representative of public opinion at the time of his election; and as public opinion is subject to great and frequent fluctuations, he must accommodate his policy to them; or the people will speedily give him a successor; or either House of Congress will effectually control his power. It is thus, and in no other sense that the Constitution of the United States is democratic – for the government of our country, instead of a Democracy the most simple, is the most complicated government on the face of the globe. From the immense extent of our territory, the difference of manners, habits, opinions, and above all, the clashing interests of the North, South, East, and West, public opinion formed by the combination of numerous aggregates, becomes itself a problem of compound arithmetic, which nothing but the result of the popular elections can solve.

“It has been my purpose, Fellow-Citizens, in this discourse to show:-

“1. That this Union was formed by a spontaneous movement of the people of thirteen English Colonies; all subjects of the King of Great Britain – bound to him in allegiance, and to the British empire as their country. That the first object of this Union, was united resistance against oppression, and to obtain from the government of their country redress of their wrongs.

“2. That failing in this object, their petitions having been spurned, and the oppressions of which they complained, aggravated beyond endurance, their Delegates in Congress, in their name and by their authority, issued the Declaration of Independence – proclaiming them to the world as one people, absolving them from their ties and oaths of allegiance to their king and country – renouncing that country; declared the UNITED Colonies, Independent States, and announcing that this ONE PEOPLE of thirteen united independent states, by that act, assumed among the powers of the earth, that separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitled them.

“3. That in justification of themselves for this act of transcendent power, they proclaimed the principles upon which they held all lawful government upon earth to be founded – which principles were, the natural, unalienable, imprescriptible rights of man, specifying among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that the institution of government is to secure to men in society the possession of those rights: that the institution, dissolution, and reinstitution of government, belong exclusively to THE PEOPLE under a moral responsibility to the Supreme Ruler of the universe; and that all the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed.

“4. That under this proclamation of principles, the dissolution of allegiance to the British king, and the compatriot connection with the people of the British empire, were accomplished; and the one people of the United States of America, became one separate sovereign independent power, assuming an equal station among the nations of the earth.

“5. That this one people did not immediately institute a government for themselves. But instead of it, their delegates in Congress, by authority from their separate state legislatures, without voice or consultation of the people, instituted a mere confederacy.

“6. That this confederacy totally departed from the principles of the Declaration of independence, and substituted instead of the constituent power of the people, an assumed sovereignty of each separate state, as the source of all its authority.

“7. That as a primitive source of power, this separate state sovereignty, was not only a departure from the principles of the Declaration of Independence, but directly contrary to, and utterly incompatible with them.jqa-5

“8. That the tree was made known by its fruits. That after five years wasted in its preparation, the confederation dragged out a miserable existence of eight years more, and expired like a candle in the socket, having brought the union itself to the verge of dissolution.

“9. That the Constitution of the United States was a return to the principles of the Declaration of independence, and the exclusive constituent power of the people. That it was the work of the ONE PEOPLE of the United States; and that those United States, though doubled in numbers, still constitute as a nation, but ONE PEOPLE.

“10. That this Constitution, making due allowance for the imperfections and errors incident to all human affairs, has under all the vicissitudes and changes of war and peace, been administered upon those same principles, during a career of fifty years.

“11. That its fruits have been, still making allowance for human imperfection, a more perfect union, established justice, domestic tranquility, provision for the common defense, promotion of the general welfare, and the enjoyment of the blessings of liberty by the constituent people, and their posterity to the present day.

“And now the future is all before us, and Providence our guide.”gone-with-the-wind

In an earlier paragraph, he had stated:

“But this institution was republican, and even democratic. And here not to be misunderstood, I mean by democratic, a government, the administration of which must always be rendered comfortable to that predominating public opinion . . . and by republican I mean a government reposing, not upon the virtues or the powers of any one man – not upon that honor, which Montesquieu lays down as the fundamental principle of monarchy – far less upon that fear which he pronounces the basis of despotism; but upon that virtue which he, a noble of aristocratic peerage, and the subject of an absolute monarch, boldly proclaims as a fundamental principle of republican government. The Constitution of the United States was republican and democratic – but the experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived; and it was obvious that if virtue – the virtue of the people, was the foundation of republican government, the stability and duration of the government must depend upon the stability and duration of the virtue by which it is sustained.”


February 23, 2017 Posted by | Constitution, Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

Nobody Remembers: JQA did NOT Cave

Nobody Remembers

I’m doing my Friday history blog due to the fact that I just listened to Obama give his—“A faction in the House wants to shut the government down.” speech in the Rose Garden just a few minutes ago. As I thought of Obama’s extreme vilification of Ted Cruz and those who support him, I immediately was reminded of another fight in Congress…done basically by one man alone in the House, quite some time ago.  A man who had already been President. A man, that literally changed history.JQA 3 And he fought against, The GAG rule In the year 1835, the American Anti-Slavery Society started flooding the Congress with anti-slavery petitions, which enraged the Southern congressmen (who were democrats) because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery. John Quincy Adams wrote to his son Charles Francis:

“The voice of Freedom has not yet been heard, and I am earnestly urged to speak in her name. She will be trampled underfoot if I do not, and I shall be trampled underfoot if I do…What can I do? I have taken my glove in the House. They hunt me like a Partridge upon the mountain. Well…be it so. I am aware my severest trials  are yet to come.”

What he fought, was the gagging of any anti- slavery petitions to be read by Congress. They just were not going to even talk about slavery. Period. (Sound familiar?) In other words, “it’s the law of the land.”

Congress set up a 9 member committee (with slavery owner southerners in control) to address the many anti-slavery petitions, and decided they were taking up too much time. At the same time, American settlers in Mexico express prohibition against slavery were ignored by the settlers who bought their own slaves to Texas. Adams, was afraid Texas would become another slave state.

Adams gave a speech on the floor of the house against the annexation of Texas ON the fact that it would include more slaves. He was met, by his own words with. “echoes of thundering vituperation from the South and West, and with one universal about of applause from the North and East. ”

Yes, JQA was one of those radical factions. Tea party patriots. Thank God that he was. But he paid a high price…for the next ten years he would fight almost alone.James Polk

Now…just like today, Adams was hated in his own party, The House Speaker at the time was James K. Polk (future President from Tennessee) and James repeatedly denied Adams access to the floor. He claimed that slavery was a state’s right, and Congress had no business messing with it. This began years and years of John Adams saying,  “Am I gagged?” every time he slammed the petitions down on the floor podium. To shut him up, Congress passed the  Gag rule, which meant they just wouldn’t discuss it. (Just as Obamacare was ‘passed’ And we are told now, there will BE no discussion. ) John Quincy said this:

“I hold the resolution to be a direct violation of the Constitution of the United States, the rules of this House, and the right of my constituents”

——and sat down amid thunderous cries of “ORDER!” The whole house went in uproar and the clerk didn’t even record Adams remark. Later Adams demanded it be reported in the official journal that he voted no. It was approved, 117-68.

The House did not removed the gag rule (to keep the subject of slavery out of discussion) until 1840, and then it prohibited even RECEIVING petitions.

John Quincy NEVER gave up. He cited the 1st amendment:

“The right of petition is essential to the very existence of government: it is the right of the people over the Government: it is their right, and they may not be deprived of it.  “

Adams had full hatred and vile attacks every single day in Congress, for years and years…when he would march up to the podium and slam down his petition to get rid of the gag rule.  Sarah Palin’s attacks were mild compared to what JQA got —–He was really hated.gag rule 3

One historian, Bennett Champ Clark, said that “No contest in America public life ever exceeded in ferocity the long fight for the right of petition which John Quincy Adams waged from 1836 to 1844”.

So…ONE man fought for years in Congress…hated by the people he worked with, hated by half the country, for the right to end slavery. For the right of free speech. For our Constitutional right for the people to be heard. It’s an inspiration we should remember.

Obama said today in his speech that NOBODY HAS DIED FROM DEATH PANELS! That’s because, today is the first day of it’s implementation.

Obamacare is a holocaust waiting to happen. It will kill millions. Hospitals will close. Care will be denied.  Men and woman will lose jobs.  And it will make slaves of all who do not belong to the rich and connected. In that respect alone, it’s unconstitutional.ted Cruz

So Mr. Cruz, remember that. long ago, another great man stood alone, and fought for the rights of his people, and he fought for years.   There is no statue anywhere for his efforts. No great monuments to applaud the lone soldier of freedom. Nope, our increasingly tyrannical government doesn’t want you to remember the only founder, who fought for the slaves freedom. He just wasn’t a very pleasant fellow.

Today I just heard Brit Hume say that the Republican’s tea party are not standing on principle.

What—– Baloney.

Obamacare IS unconstitutional. That’s a fact. No matter what the corrupt John Roberts says. Some things…never change.

I changed the channel, cussed him out, and remembered….what one man can do, when he stands on principle alone.

October 1, 2013 Posted by | American History, Obamacare | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nobody Remembers Alice Addertongue

Nobody Remembers

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.Sam Adams 2

And Sam wasn’t the only one who wanted to remain anonymous.

Alexander Hamilton pens names included Publius, Pacificus, Catallus, Americanus, Metellus, Horatius, Philo Camillus, Tully, Monitor, Phocion, The Continentalist, and H.G.Alexandar Hamiton

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.Ben franklin 2

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. JQA 2

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.John Adams 2 James Madison

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!





February 21, 2013 Posted by | American Culture, American History, Censorship | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments


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