Note to Readers:
If you are new here, I most apologize up front. This blog is looooog...it just so happens some guy (see his iece)
insulted Michelle Backmann
, and it just put my patriotic feathers in a big huff. It's about how the libs LOVE to rewrite history.
We can't let them do that now, can we?
Nobody Cares about what happened this last week. It seems, since Palin has keep off the grid, Michelle Backmann is the new target for the liberals. (Yes. I said target. It's a word. It has meaning. It's in the dictionary...have they banned the dictionary yet?)
Michelle very graciously gave the tea party's rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union Speech.
Because they (progressives) couldn't criticize what she said, (Which were FACTS.) they criticized her eyes. They looked funny. And then, Jonathan Capehart, a black writer for the Washington Post, went further and reprimanded Michelle for being stupid and not knowing history, I guess like he knows it. Chris Matthews then jumped on the bandwagon and joined in. Rather viciously.
What was this about?
Michelle said this:
"I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."
And Jonathan replied:
"Bachmann also earned my raised eyebrow with her musings on slavery -- a "scourge" -- and the founding fathers, who she said "worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States." wrote Jonathan. Talking Points Memo corrected Bachmann's history lesson by pointing out that Adams wasn't one of the founders and that he died 15 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. Perhaps she was thinking of John Adams, the second president of the United States, who is different from John Quincy Adams, the new nation's sixth president."
NOBODY SAYS---: Oh..pass me that shot of tequila boys... I'm about to unload on this guy.
Nobody's Letter to Mr. Capehart of the Washington Post.
Dear Mr. Capehart,
I don't know you, but with a raised eyebrow, and a bag of potato chips, I am here to prove, by irrefutable historical fact, that you, dear sir, owe Michelle Backmann an apology.
Sit back, ..and learn...and watch those eyes.
PART ONE: FOUNDER
You say that John Quincy Adams was not a founder? Never mind that Michelle said forefather NOT founder.
(You just can't trust a liberal with a noun these days, look what happened to Monica.)
I suppose that in your mind, as in most Americans, the only founders that come up are the simple ones to remember...right? Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, and Madison. And why do you think that is?
Because most third graders can only remember a few names at a time.
John Quincy was the fifth President you say? So that means he is not a founder?
Let's review a few of his accomplishments for our newly founded country: pretend you're in the seventh grade now.
At 7, JQA witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill. At 14, he helped his father John Adams, (while the country was at war) in France because his father, founder John Adams, couldn't speak French. JQA could. THINK: John Adams was a founder. He needed his son to translate.
He then parted with his father and helped the country's FIRST ambassador to Russia., Francis Dana. He learned French, Dutch and German.
He was..just getting started.
George Washington appointed him ambassador to the Netherlands. (Remember, this was when we only had a handful of ambassadors who really worked, unlike today when thousands of retired politicians are handed cushy jobs where the hardest part of their day is deciding what high priced restaurant to eat at) These few men had a boatload of influence in the major decisions of the early days.
When John Adams, his father became President, he served as US ambassador to Prussia, from 1797-1801.
When Thomas Jefferson became President, JQA became a Senator from Massachusetts, and then because he backed Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase in Congress, his party, broke with him.
James Madison made him the ambassador to Russia. He helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent to put an end to the War of 1812. In 1815 he became the minister to Great Britain.
While serving as Secretary of State under James Monroe, (Wow...all these founders, must have thought a lot of this guy..huh?) he helped us (while supporting his nemesis Jackson) obtain Florida.
What...a country without Florida? Did he NOT found...Florida? At least give him credit for that.
Jonathan, he made a treaty with Britain to stop all slave trading, but the Senate rejected it.
He is the author of the Monroe Doctrine. One of MY personal favorite quotes from his is "America goes not abroad searching for Monsters to destroy."
In 1825, Adams became the fifth President. He ran against Andrew Jackson, a propionate of slavery, and a hater of Indians, (which JQA was not) and Jackson was furious. He served one term and lost to Jackson.
Summary to this point: Even though he was just a kid during the revolution, his service during the war, and after the war to his country, just as ambassador to all the other nations...(remember he worked all of Europe) should make him equally important. In my Nobody Opinion, JQA should be included as one of the last FOUNDERS, but I'll go with Michelle...as a forbearer.
John Quincy was a much an American hero as Jefferson. (Who may I add, sat in his house during the entire war.) He helped the new nation get a steady foothold in the world.
PART TWO: JQA WAS the Father of Anti-Slavery
Talking points Memo to Jonathan: Let me get this straight, Jonathan. You think that since JQA died 15 years before the Emancipation Proclamation he had nothing to do with getting rid of slavery, am I correct? Let me prove that he is most likely was the author of that concept.
I hope you're getting yourself a nice hot toddy right now Jonathan; Here's what you really need to know-----
In 1830 John Adams served in the House, eight terms. Oh, this was AFTER his Presidency.
His first act as Congressmen was to present a petition in favor of abolishing slavery in D.C.
NOBODY NOTES: (Read John Quincy Adams by Lynn Hudson Parsons to find out why just D.C,. I can't do all the work for you.)
In the next few years, while Jackson was President, JQA alone presented hundreds of anti-slavery petitions, they were referred to committees and forgotten.
Democrats loved their slaves.
And so Congress invented the "gag rule" which violated the Bill of Rights, but nevertheless the Democrats who WANTED slavery to continue, used it to stifle discussion.
Andrew Jackson called for a national censorship law. (Obama's internet gags coming soon?)
Adams was rallying for the abolition of slavery long before Lincoln. What? Did you think Abraham, one man alone should take credit for the abolition of slavery?
Both John and his son, hated the institution. Unlike Washington and Jefferson, they had no slaves because they put their principles before their comfort. Washington and Jefferson should have done the same...but they didn't.
Adams said, "The rottenness of the heart of our Union is Slavery."
As the years of 'gagging" persisted, John Quincy became the abolitionists hero. And he tried every trick in the book, just to present the 'gag" rule to be removed. Again it came up.
The Congress were full of Harry Reids. They wrote:
"all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers, relating to in any way, or to any extent whatsoever, the subject of slavery, or the abolitions of slavery, shall without being printed or observed, be laid on the table, and that no further action whatsoever shall be had therein."
(Gotta love those democrats.)
Adams rose to protest "Am I gagged or not?" The resolution passed117-68.
Nope. Sorry. Slaves are cheap, (and those poor illegal's)
For the next decade Adams, fought alone, but slowly he got a few helpers in the House.
And in time, the abolitions were out in droves, in churches: everywhere.
In 1842 (It's now been twelve years since he started) JQA had a single petition with 51,863 signatures.
"Adams became an expert at cramming in a s much of a petition contests as he could before being declared out of order." --Lynn Hudson Parsons
There is NO one in Congress today that matches the hatred that Adams held among his colleges in Congress. They tried to censure him, time and again. But he was there...fighting for the rights of slaves to be addressed.
He was called a Massachusetts madman. He was getting death threats from the South. They wanted to flog him, shoot him, hang him, or cut his "damned guts out in the dark." Adams ignored them. But don't think he didn't suffer. Like Lincoln, he had many bouts with depression.
Okay, you get it. It got nasty...year after year, this man was hated by the slave owners.
Never to despair...when given anothor chance, he gave a three hour speech to remove the gag rule, in 1841, but the slaveholders launched an attack that lasted for three days. It was defeated, but it was close.
Also in 1841, he took the evils of slavery in the Amistad case all the way to the Supreme Court.
It woke up a nation. And finally on December 3, 1844, the gag rule was removed.
"Blessed, ever blessed be the name of God. I regard it as the apoplexy of the Constitution." said JQA.
During the war for Texas, John Adams suggested that if Congress was to declare war (JQA, without good reasons, thought the Southerners wanted Texas to broaden the slave states) they should free the slaves if they expected the Northern men to fight.
Yes, Adams suggested the use of Emancipation Proclamation...
Here's a bit from Wikipedia:
If a civil war ever broke out the president could abolish slavery by using his war powers, a correct prediction of Abraham Lincoln's use of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Adams met Abraham Lincoln during the latter's sole term as a member of the House of Representatives, from 1847 until Adams' death. Thus, it has been suggested that Adams is the only major figure in American history who knew both the Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln.
Adams had been pushing this idea for some time. Lincoln met with him...knew him...and took his suggestion. Just like Henry Ford took Edison's suggestions when he got stuck on mechanical problems with his Model T.
Adams thought of it first...hate to break it to you, Jonathan.
So I hope you have learned something today Mr. Capehart. Michelle was right. It's high time John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams got their proper respect for not only putting this country on its proper course, but fighting Democrat's love of slavery....and against great odds.
If I seem a little cranky about your "mistake" ...it's because I come from VERY crabby and cranky, and not so politically correct ancestors. They were the FIRST Tea Party...family, and I just can't help myself.
That's JQA, my grandfather George, and me standing next to a likeness of Sam Adams.(I've got Sam's great legs...don't ya think?)
Sam, the REAL &*$&^ disturber of the family just got promoted, after what? How many years? I hear they had his statue moved up from sitting right outside the ladies bathroom in the basement, to the Capitol Rotunda floor.
Way to go Sam. Hang in there. Another three hundred years and you'll make it to the mall!
NONE of the Adams were politicians. They were much too honest, and principled. It hurt them in both their Presidency's. Nevertheless, no one deserves a memorial than the Adams'.
So, this nobody suggests somewhere near the Smithsonian, because if not for JQA who protected the donated money from congress...it wouldn't even be there.
So Jonathan--- Tell Chris Mathews to call me, next time he gets a thrill.