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  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   5 hours 39 min ago

    Thank you.

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   14 hours 45 min ago

    It's impossible to celebrate independence while women are being once again shackled by religious sexists. But these words by Abigail Adams to her husband John in the Spring of 1776 are definitely appropriate:

    I long to hear that you have declared an independancy—and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.

    That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute, but such of you as wish to be happy willingly give up the harsh title of Master for the more tender and endearing one of Friend. Why then, not put it out of the power of the vicious and the Lawless to use us with cruelty and indignity with impunity. Men of Sense in all Ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your Sex. Regard us then as Beings placed by providence under your protection and in immitation of the Supreem Being make use of that power only for our happiness.

    Even by our standards of the 21st Century, she brought some heat with that. And his response was not one of his finest moments:

    As to your extraordinary Code of Laws, I cannot but laugh.(2) We have been told that our Struggle has loosened the bands of Government every where. That Children and Apprentices were disobedient-that schools and Colledges were grown turbulent-that Indians slighted their Guardians and Negroes grew insolent to their Masters. But your Letter was the first Intimation that another Tribe more numerous and powerfull than all the rest were grown discontented. This is rather too coarse a Compliment but you are so saucy, I wont blot it out.

    Depend upon it, We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems. Altho they are in full Force, you know they are little more than Theory. We dare not exert our Power in its full Latitude. We are obliged to go fair, and softly, and in Practice you know We are the subjects. We have only the Name of Masters, and rather than give up this, which would compleatly subject Us to the Despotism of the Peticoat, I hope General Washington, and all our brave Heroes would fight. I am sure every good Politician would plot, as long as he would against Despotism, Empire, Monarchy, Aristocracy, Oligarchy, or Ochlocracy. A fine Story indeed. I begin to think the Ministry as deep as they are wicked. After stirring up Tories, Landjobbers, Trimmers, Bigots, Canadians, Indians, Negroes, Hanoverians, Hessians, Russians, Irish Roman Catholicks, Scotch Renegadoes, at last they have stimulated the to demand new Priviledges and threaten to rebell.

    Okay, after reading literally hundreds of John Adams' letters I can safely say that he was attempting jocularity, and using hyperbole to buttress that. But it's the underlying implications that make that attempt at humor resoundingly hollow.

    He genuinely fears the potential loss of control (and status) in what Abigail proposes, and completely dismisses her concerns about women being ill-treated by not only himself, but all (or most) other white men of stature.

    He further tries to insinuate that her concerns have no grounds in reality, but are a product of the Crown's efforts at propaganda and subversion. In other words, not justified.

    And he was one of the good guys.

    You know, we talk about how conservative "originalists" misquote and pervert the intent of the Founding Fathers, and they do that. But in reality, those men were only concerned with freedom for themselves, and a rather small group of Capitalists that made up the ruling class.

    We have always given them too much credit, and that needs to stop.

  • Reply to: You asked   1 day 5 hours ago

    We’re strong supporters of Valerie. She’ll be at our house to introduce Cheri Beasley on July 26.

  • Reply to: You asked   1 day 6 hours ago

    Valerie Foushee, she is running for US house in my district and gaming for the seat previously held by David Price. District 4.

  • Reply to: You asked   1 day 6 hours ago