The Militant Libertarian

I'm pissed off and I'm a libertarian. What else you wanna know?

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Why Samuel Adams?

Many people have asked me, since this blog began, why I have a portrait of Samuel Adams prominently displayed above the navigation bar (to the left)?

For many Americans unfamiliar with their own nation's history - and even for many who think they are - Samuel Adams is really just a footnote compared to the greatness of George Washington, Patrick Henry, or Thomas Jefferson.

Totally wrong, and I'll explain why.

Name any founding father other than Samuel Adams who was critical to the cause of American Independence. Of course, any one of their absences would have altered our history dramatically and may even have meant our loss of the Revolutionary War. However, without Samuel Adams, it would have taken decades (or longer) before Americans decided to step away from British rule...

No other founder did more to push America towards independence from Britain than did Samuel Adams. In fact, Samuel Adams did it in the best way possible: he recruited the common man, the "working man," and he instigated events that would propel the common man towards independent thinking. Of all the founders, Adams knew that if the hearts of the common man were not won, no one would be there to do the actual fighting when the time came to take freedom from the tyrants.

Adams was, all at once, a propagandist, a politician, and a statesman. He held the respect of dock workers, millwrights, printers, laborers, and gentry. In a strange way, he also held the respect of British royalty...

On April 19, 1775, British troops marched towards Lexington and Concord with two goals in mind: seize provincial powder stores meant for the militia...and arrest two men. Those two men were Samuel Adams and his political protege', John Hancock.

In fact, in June of 1775, British officials issued a proclamation offering to pardon all American rebels...except Samuel Adams and John Hancock...

Those were the only two arrest warrants issued before the Revolutionary War actually began. Samuel Adams had been labeled by British politicians as "The most dangerous man in Massachusetts." This was at a time when another British official declared that the American colonies were controlled by Massachusetts, which were controlled by Boston, which were controlled by Samuel Adams.

In my mind, you will find no greater patriot, no greater fighter for American independence, and no founding father more indespensible than Samuel Adams. Many of the greats we label as "founding fathers" right now claimed Adams as their mentor and political advisor.

That is why Samuel Adams' portrait, and no other, is prominently displayed on this website.

Got comments? Email me, dammit!
Permanent link for this article which can be used on any website:

Monday, April 04, 2005

Land of the Not-So-Free


According to those who started this so-called experiment in Democracy more than two centuries ago, America is the land of the free where citizens are able to speak their minds and oppose their government.

Guess George W. Bush and his storm troopers missed that part of American history.

Which explains why the Bush administration works overtime to stop anyone who dares oppose their narrow view of the world.

Not only are Bush’s press conferences carefully-controlled media events packed with pro-administration shills and GOP lackeys, the Republican’s goon squad purges public events of anyone with an opposing view.

In Denver last month, three people were tossed out of a Social Security town meeting with the President after a Republican operative noticed they arrived in a car with a “No blood for oil” bumper sticker.

This happened after a list surfaced in Fargo, N.D., listing 42 political opponents to be barred, by force if necessary, from a Bush appearance there.

The White House blamed the incident on an “overzealous volunteer.” They must have a lot of these overachievers because those who disagree with Bush are routinely removed from events or barred from the door.

Republican storm troopers routinely remove protestors from the President’s public appearances, often shuttling them to a holding area a block or more away. Participants in the tightly-scripted town meetings are screened and only those with a proven record of support for Bush and GOP policies are allowed in.

GOP operatives lie and claim they are Secret Service agents as they escort opponents out of events.

In Denver, Alex Young, Leslie Weise and Karen Bauer were forced to leave the nonpartisan, taxpayer-financed Denver forum an hour before the president arrived.

A Republican staff member wearing an earpiece and an orange lapel pin that resembled the red lapel pins worn by Secret Service agents escorted them out and claimed to be an agent..

"Our agency wasn't involved," said Lon Garner, the agent in charge of Denver's Secret Service district.

In Fargo, those who wrote letters to the editor criticizing the President’s Social Security plan were barred from what the White House billed as a “nonpartisan” event.

Isolated incidents? Hardly. Bush’s administration is the most tightly-controlled in history. Events billed as public events, and paid out of taxpayer dollars, are – in fact – invitation only media ops where only staunch Bush supporters get past the goon squads and storm troopers.

Freedom of speech is not a phrase you find in Bush’s speeches. The man who promises freedom to far-off places like Iraq does not allow it to exist here at home.

© Copyright 2005 by Capitol Hill Blue

Original appeared at:

Got comments? Email me, dammit!
Permanent link for this article which can be used on any website: