Brushfires of Freedom … J. D. Longstreet

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

During this country’s first “... times that try men’s souls…, a member of a small minority of the American colonists, thought of as a radical, a rabble rouser, even a traitor, kept the fires of freedom burning in the hearts and minds of his fellow colonists.  His name was Samuel Adams.  He was known by his friends as just plain “Sam.”

Just plain Sam became a Founding Father of the United States of America.

Sam was born on September 27, 1722 in Boston, Mass..  At the height of his formal education he held a Master of Arts degree from Harvard.

Sam became a politician.  He was a tax collector.  So when he wrote those rants concerning the king’s taxes, ole Sam knew what he was talking/writing about.
He was elected to Massachusetts Assembly in 1765, became a delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1774,  signed Declaration of Independence in 1776, became a member of Massachusetts State constitutional convention in 1781, was  appointed Lieutenant Governor of Mass. in 1789. and was elected Governor of Massachusetts, 1794 until 1797.

No grass grew beneath the feet of just plain “Sam.”

“Samuel was the son of a merchant and brewer. He was an excellent politician, an unsuccessful brewer, and a poor businessman. His early public office as a tax collector might have made him suspect as an agent of British authority, however he made good use of his understanding of the tax codes and wide acquaintance with the merchants of Boston. Samuel was a very visible popular leader who, along with his second cousin John (John became President), spent a great deal of time in the public eye agitating for resistance.”

It was as a Massachusetts Assemblyman that Samuel first purposed a Continental Congress.

Of all Sam Adams’ accomplishments, the single most important, for me, is his ability to fire up the masses with his writing. Ole Sam could write — and he had a flare for embedding his passion for freedom and republicanism in every treatise he produced as a pamphlet.

Sam also managed to fire-up the British (and American) King and the British government, too.  When Sam published his circular letter in 1768 calling for colonial non-cooperation with the Brits it prompted the occupation of Boston by British soldiers.  Many historians claim that led to the Boston Massacre in 1770.

“To help coordinate resistance to what he saw as the British government’s attempts to violate the British Constitution at the expense of the colonies, in 1772 Adams and his colleagues devised a committee of correspondence system, which linked like-minded Patriots throughout the Thirteen Colonies. Continued resistance to British policy resulted in the 1773 Boston Tea Party and the coming of the American Revolution.”

241 years later, Sam Adams’ actions and writings are STILL motivating Americans to political action in defense of freedom.

Ole Sam wrote such sagacious nuggets as:

“It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.’ 

He also wrote:

“The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Sam also wrote this one and I am very afraid we modern Americans have completely forgotten the wisdom it encapsulates:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”

It is difficult to believe, but Sam Adams is considered a controversial figure in early America. So far as I am concerned, that is pure bunk.  Sam Adams was a passionate patriot who fought for freedom from Great Britain with the skill and talent with which God had blessed him.  This country was extraordinarily lucky to have had a Samuel Adams in the right place at the right time.

Some claim that Sam had been steering his fellow colonists towards independence long before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.  There is written evidence of that.

Then there are others who say Sam was a propagandist who incited his fellow colonists to mob violence to accomplish his goals.

“In January 1748, Adams and some friends, inflamed by British impressment, launched the Independent Advertiser, a weekly newspaper that printed many political essays written by Adams. Drawing heavily upon English political theorist John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, Adams’s essays emphasized many of the themes that would characterize his subsequent career. He argued that the people must resist any encroachment on their constitutional rights. He cited the decline of the Roman Empire as an example of what could happen to New England if it were to abandon its Puritan values.”  

The more one reads of Sam Adams’ writings the more he begins to sound very mush like a modern day conservative blogger.  Indeed, I suspect that were he alive today that is exactly what he would be doing.

I did not set out to deliver a history lesson in this piece.  My intention was  to draw a comparison between the literal host of conservative bloggers who write daily much the same message as did Samuel Adams.  Unfortunately the conditions in America have deteriorated until they once again resemble the same conditions between the government and the governed as they did in Sam Adams’ day.  The only difference — we are now suffering oppression at the hands of our own government and not that of a British king.  To this scribe that makes it doubly difficult to abide.

I submit that Americans are going to find they must become bold again.  Sam Adams showed the way.  His love of freedom, his passion for liberty was the fuel that drove him to become a Founding Father of this nation.

Each time we sit or stand passively by and allow our President and our Congress to ignore the constitution with impunity, we are spitting on the constitution. We are effectively “selling-out” our Founding Fathers who risked everything to give us a free nation.   We are also demonstrating disrespect for our fellow Americans who have given their lives, their limbs, and their future on some foreign battle field to preserve the freedom and rights enumerated within our constitution.

What’s happening in America today is unconscionable.  Americans standing by and allowing the US to be bludgeoned and bled dry by the domestic communist movement with renewed vigor, as a result of the election of a Marxist (Communist) President is a deeply troubling mystery.  I cannot fathom it.

We desperately need men of the caliber of Samuel Adams to lead a freedom movement in America today.  Without those men, we will lose out beloved country.

J. D. Longstreet

Happy Birthday America! Never Forget What It Took To Get Here

After the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail:

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.(emphasis mine) You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

As for that July 2 thing, apparently it took a couple of days for the news to get around, and eventually everyone agreed on July 4 as the day that we would celebrate as Independence Day, and celebrate we should, but we should also take a moment to consider the “toil and blood and treasure” that it took to win the Revolutionary War, and then to defend the United States of America over the last 237 years, including the over 600,000 killed in our Civil War.

If you, or a young person that you know, whose education about the American Revolution consists of condemnations of the Founders for owning slaves or not allowing women to vote, or similar “America is always wrong” crap that is fashionable in public schools today, don’t know about the almost indescribable sacrifices made by George Washington’s troops not only at Valley Forge, but at an even harsher winter at Morristown, New Jersey, it’s worth your time to read about that and reflect.

Enjoy your celebration, but never forget that we are the beneficiaries of an amazing legacy, purchased with boatloads of that afore-mentioned toil, blood and treasure.

Good Bless America.

Obama’s South African Speech Reminds Us Again: He’s Not an American at Heart

On last Sunday’s showwe heard some sound bites from yet another TelePrompTer reading in front of another audience of wet-behind-the-ears college kids by our Sham WOW (Walks on Water) occupant of the Oval Office, featuring the inevitable, and seemingly endless, recounting of events involving the most fascinating subject in the history of everything, Barack Hussein Obama. This time, the subject was the serendipitous series of events that made it possible for us to enjoy the amazing leadership of the most brilliant, wise and nearly-perfect human being to walk the earth and to lead a nation, the One himself. Here’s a portion from the speech:

Some of you may be aware of this, but I actually took my first step into political life because of South Africa. (Applause.) This is true. I was the same age as some of you — 19 years old, my whole life ahead of me. I was going to school on a campus in California — not quite as pretty as this one — (laughter) — but similar. And I must confess I was not always focused on my studies. (Laughter.) There were a lot of distractions. (Laughter.) And I enjoyed those distractions.

And as the son of an African father and a white American mother, the diversity of America was in my blood, but I had never cared much for politics. I didn’t think it mattered to me. I didn’t think I could make a difference. And like many young people, I thought that cynicism — a certain ironic detachment — was a sign of wisdom and sophistication.

But then I learned what was happening here in South Africa. And two young men, ANC representatives, came to our college and spoke, and I spent time hearing their stories. And I learned about the courage of those who waged the Defiance Campaign, and the brutality leveled against innocent men, women and children from Sharpeville to Soweto. And I studied the leadership of Luthuli, and the words of Biko, and the example of Madiba, and I knew that while brave people were imprisoned just off these shores on Robben Island, my own government in the United States was not standing on their side. That’s why I got involved in what was known as the divestment movement in the United States.

Have you ever heard Barack Obama speak about studying James Madison or John Adams? OF COURSE NOT! He has described our precious Constitution contemptuously as a document of “negative rights,” meaning an obstacle to his plans to redistribute income at the point of government-wielded gun. Like his many radical leftist mentors and friends, he considers the Founders evil dead white Europeans, whose tolerance of slavery makes them worthy of nothing but contempt. The country they created is in his mind forever tarred with this original sin, and even the loss of 600,000 in the Civil War to end it can’t redeem unfair, racist Amerika. It’s only through his schemes to “remake” the country that things can  be set right.

I don’t care where this guy was born, as I’ve said repeatedly. Since both of his parents were not American citizens at the time of his birth, he’s not an Article II “natural born citizen,” a requirement that the Founders in their stunning wisdom understood was critical for the leader of this improbable nation.

We Need More Nut Control, Not More Gun Control: Show Notes, 12/16/12

Thanks to our guest Les Standiford, author of Desperate Sons.

Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War: Les Standiford: 9780061899553: Books

Jurassic Media enjoys the Sandy Hill tragedy WAY too much, probably because, as noted here, it is tailor-made to advance several liberal agenda items; specifically, gun control, public school supremacy and more big government programs. While the facts of this case are not known, we do know that our society started down the toilet the day we decided that the biggest sin we could commit was being “judgmental.” Remember that movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” from the 1970′s? That film represents the beginning of the mentality that has brought us where we are today; that is, there is no insanity or pathological behavior, just alternative lifestyles. It was actually desirable when socially undesirable behavior, like illegitimacy, was stigmatized.

What role does the coarsening of the culture, including the “music” by Obama’s pals Common and Jay-Z, play in incidents like Sandy Hook?

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes a fool of himself AGAIN, this time by suggesting on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that horrible mass murders like the one that happened last Friday in Newton, CT occur “only in America.” Not exactly, Your Honor. Can you say “Dunblane, Scotland” or  ”Utoya, Norway?” Fool.

How convenient-Hillary Clinton falls on her head, and even though no hospitalization was required, somehow she can’t testify about Benghazi.

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING: John Boehner does the El Foldo, retreats on raising tax rates on those with incomes over $1 million.

Marathon Pundit reminds us that Ronald Reagan, despite being shot, didn’t change his position on gun control.

Marathon Pundit: Sign the White House petition to save the Chicago Reagan apartment

Actor uses unique defense to accusation of raping a 15 year-old. “I swear I was asleep!”

I am Adam Lanza’s Mother – The Blue Review | The Blue Review (the mother of a 13 year-old mental patient describes her desperate need for help)

Report: Connecticut Shooting Was Revenge Killing (was the shooter angry because of a confrontation the day before at the school in which he was “dissed?”)

Holder: We Must Answer ‘Hard Questions’ About Gun Rights (Mr. Holder, are you really the one to lecture us about the dangers of firearms in the wrong hands, given that your “Justice” Department was responsible for the murder of not only U.S. Border agent, Brian Terry, and another federal agent Jaime Zapata, but hundreds of Mexicans?)

Dem: Obama Must Exploit Shooting to Get Gun Control (natch)

Hickenlooper shifts position on more gun control measures – The Denver Post (he made this statement before the Sandy Hill shootings, a post-election conversion, no doubt)

Blog: Sanitizing Adam Lanza (Shades of the Trayvon Martin case, in which the Lame Stream Media insists on showing us an old photo of the shooter, making him look like a goofy kid. This post contains a more current photo, one that would make Charlie Manson shudder.)

Connecticut school shooting: troubled life of Adam Lanza, a fiercely intelligent killer – Telegraph (story that reports that shooter’s mother received $240,000 a year from her ex-husband, which makes this case a poor example of why we need more big government mental health programs, not that this fact will interfere with the Left’s attempts to exploit it to advance their agenda)

Teachers sacrificed themselves to save their pupils – Telegraph (if only principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, or the brave teachers Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau had not been rendered defenseless by laws making schools “gun-free” zones, perhaps lives could have been saved. Didn’t we learn anything after the VA Tech murders? We should call these “helpless victim” zones.)

Portman Urges President Obama To Release Long-Overdue Regulatory Plans – Press Releases – Newsroom – Rob Portman (the continuing lawlessness of the Obama administration greeted by the vigilant media with crickets)