If you are sick of the midterm election stuff…then I have something different…..history.
So far the series has taken the reader through the early days, the revolution, the convention and the presidency of the first president of the US, George Washington…..
Maj. Danny Sjursen continues his series with a look at the presidency of John Adams, the 2nd president of the US…..
Part 10 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”
“Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” —John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail (1775)
“[A social division exists] between the rich and the poor, the laborious and the idle, the learned and the ignorant. … Nothing, but force, and power and strength can restrain [the latter].” —John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson (1787)
Two quotes from the same person. Barely a decade between the two utterances. How can a man be so conflicted? John Adams, who helped lead the revolution against British “tyranny,” would later become a president apt to suppress dissent and restrict a free press at home. Well, Adams was a complicated man, and the United States was—and is—a complicated nation.
As John Adams succeeded the quintessential American hero, George Washington, becoming the second president of the United States, division pervaded the land and a debate raged in both the public and private space: Shall we have liberty or order? Could a people expect a measure of both?
Maj. Sjursen does a brilliant job of educating the reader on facts about the country….facts that have been left out of the teacher’s fact books for class.
Excellent series and an excellent writer…..chuq