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What Would the Founders Think of the 2016 Election? Not so Much Different from 1800.


waving flagBy Pamela Adams March 28, 2016

Accusations of sexual misconduct.  Choruses of liar, dirty tricks, coward and dictator. Warnings of war.  Allegations of ineligibility. Using sympathetic media to not only cushion a candidacy but to spread propaganda about opponents.

What would our Founding Fathers think of this behavior?  Well, since this is describing the 1800 campaign between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, they must have considered it business as usual.  

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During this highly political and dirty campaign, many citizens thought their very young country would not survive such a vicious display between presidential candidates.  Two men that just 24 years earlier stood together against England and composed the Declaration of Independence, were now at war with each other.  The past four years they were the two highest elected officials in this new country; President Adams, a big government Federalist, and Vice-President Jefferson, a small government Democratic-Republican.  Now, they were the worst of enemies.

Adams supporters suggested, “we would see our wives and daughters the victims of legal prostitution,” and “murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will openly be taught and practiced,” if Jefferson were elected.
Jefferson people responded in kind, calling Adams a liar, a “repulsive pedant”, and a “gross hypocrite”.  Going even further, Adams was described as behaving “neither like a man nor like a woman but instead possessed a hideous hermaphroditical character.”  That’s being born with both male and female sex organs, folks.
1804 Election poster.
1804 Election poster.
After the election was held and Jefferson was victorious, another problematic issue arose.  Both Jefferson and his running mate, Aaron Burr had received 73 electoral votes each.  At the time, there was not a distinction between votes for President and for Vice-President.  It was strictly majority wins.  While the issue was rectified with the 12th Amendment in 1804, this election went to the House of Representatives, which at the time was still full of lame-duck Federalists to break the tie.

Alexander Hamilton, who vehemently despised Burr, led the charge to convince House members Jefferson would be the lesser of two evils.  Burr lost favor with Jefferson as well as he started actively trying to steal the Presidency after running as Jefferson’s VP.  Jefferson eventually won the House election and Burr received the Vice-Presidency, largely due to Hamilton’s involvement.  The two continued feuding on both personal and political issues until July 11, 1804, when Burr challenged Hamilton to a dual and shot him.  Burr was never prosecuted even though Hamilton died the next day.  He apparently could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not loose support.

Things were not much better during the re-election campaign of President John Quincy Adams against Andrew Jackson.  Jackson’s wife, Rachel Donelson, had been married to Lewis Robart, an abusive and obsessively jealous man.  After finally leaving him, Rachel was told Lewis had divorced her.  In truth, he had just petitioned the State of Kentucky for a divorce on the grounds of desertion.  Rachel and Jackson then married only to discover Lewis never followed through with the divorce.  Once Lewis discovered she remarried, he did obtain an official divorce and Jackson and Rachel quietly remarried.

Though the mixup was understood by friends and family, political opponents used it as a way to paint Jackson as an adulterer and Rachel as a bigamist.  Imagine what they would have done with a candidate who openly bragged about his affairs with married women.  A strong, Christian woman, Rachel was completely dismayed by the slander.  The trumped up scandal took it’s toll on Rachel and shortly after Jackson was elected, she suffered a severe heart attack.  She died before he was inaugurated.

The only thing more disgusting than the ugliness of politics is the disingenuous behavior of the media.  They pit the candidates against each other, asking questions designed specifically to cause attacks against each other, and then act appalled when the mud starts flying.  “Tell us how disgusting your opponent is,” followed by “I can’t believe what you just said about your opponent.”  Ted Cruz exposed this in the first debate by calling the moderators out, repeating one-by-one their agenda driving questions.  He ended by reminding them, “This is not a cage match.”

It’s no wonder the Main Steam Media has lost its relevance in the world and more and more people are turning to sites like this one for their news.  They are drug dealers who give free drugs to get people hooked, and then criticize and demean the addict for wanting and needing a fix.

The Democratic-Republican Party eventually split in the late 1820’s.  One group followed Andrew Jackson and formed the Democratic Party.  The other group followed John Quincy Adams and formed the National Republican Party, which soon evolved into the Whig Party. Around the same time, the Federalist Party completely dissolved as well with its members also integrating into the two newly formed parties. 

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson eventually mended their broken relationship and spent years engaging in a friendly correspondence until their deaths.  The two men both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, each feeling outwitted by the other for being outlived, as neither knew of the other’s death.

As a good majority of us cringe with every ugly assault lobbed this primary season, even our Founding Fathers stumbled into the same pit of degradation we are today. 

Even so, I’d rather be there than in a dictatorial, authoritarian or fascist system where we don’t have the freedom to voice our objections.  How we emerge at the end of this cycle, I don’t know, but in 1800 the two political parties died within 30 years.  I would say most American’s, both Republicans and Democrats, would be pretty ok with that today.  Maybe we’re just ripping off the bandaid, enduring short-term pain by exposing the wound, so we can begin healing once the sting is gone.  At least, that’s what I’m praying for.

But that’s just my 2 cents.

Pamela AdamsPamela Adams

Pamela J. Adams maintains TheFactsPaper.com which includes her blog Liberty Letters. She is a stay-at-home mom who began researching history, science, religion, and current events to prepare for home schooling. She started Liberty Letters as short lessons for her daughter and publishes them for everyone’s benefit. Pamela has a Degree in Mathematics and was in the workforce for 20 years as a teacher, Marketing Director, Manager and Administrative Assistant. You can contact her through her website or follow her Liberty Letters accounts at Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

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Connecticut Dems dump Thomas Jefferson, urge rest of U.S. to follow suit


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The Connecticut Democratic Party has officially dumped both Thomas Jefferson’s and Andrew Jackson’s names from its annual fundraising dinner due to their ties to slavery. The move was made in response to demands from the state’s chapter of the NAACP.

Each fall, the state party holds a Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner to raise money for the party. Similar Jefferson-Jackson dinners are held by Democrats around the country (the Bailey name is peculiar to Connecticut).

But now the first two names are gone, voted out unanimously by the party’s state board in just a few minutes with almost no discussion, according to the Hartford Courant.

“As members of the Democratic Party, we are proud of our history as the party of inclusion. Democrats have led the way on civil rights, LGBT equality and equal rights for women,” the board’s resolution declared. “It is only fitting that the name of the party’s most visible annual event reflects our dedication to diversity and forward-looking vision.”Picture4

A replacement name will be chosen later.

Jefferson is well-known to most Americans for writing the Declaration of Independence, serving as America’s third president, championing religious freedom, and being one of the nation’s leading intellectuals in its early years. He was also a key figure in the genesis of the Democratic-Republican party, which evolved into the modern Democratic Party, so throughout history Democrats have been happy to claim him as their own.More Evidence

Now, though, Democrats are souring on Jefferson due to his position as a slaveholder, as well as the belief that he fathered children with slave Sally Hemmings.

Andrew Jackson is even more vilified today. While his presidency was a key point in the rise of the “common man” as a major force in American politics, Jackson was also a slaveholder, and his policies toward American Indians have been characterized by some as genocidal.

Calls to change the name grew after the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina last month.

Party chairman Nick Balletto said he hoped the rest of the country would join Connecticut in rejecting Jefferson’s legacy.

“I wasn’t looking to be a trailblazer or set off a trend that’s going to affect the rest of the country,” Balletto told the Connecticut Post. “Hopefully, they’ll follow suit when they see it’s the right thing to do.” Balletto added that the name simply had to go, because some people were offended by it. “When something offends someone, it’s beyond being politically correct,” Balletto said. “It just causes a need for change.” “You can’t change history, but you don’t have to honor it.”cause of death

This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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