I like this guy!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

On the eve of the likely ascent of the Obamassiah to the Presidency, it is worth taking a look back in American history to a man who sounds like his total opposite, from his understanding of the value of freedom to his love for America, Samuel Adams.

The following comes from a book review of a biography of the patriot in The Wall Street Journal that I found on a brief visit yesterday to RealClear Politics:

On March 5, 1770, a lone British private guarding the customs house found himself taunted by unruly Bostonians. Several British soldiers came to protect him. The crowd grew larger and started pelting the soldiers with snowballs. One of the soldiers was knocked down, and, as he came up, fired into the crowd. In the confusion, other shots were fired and, by the time the smoke cleared, 11 colonists were shot, five of them fatally.

For Samuel Adams the incident demonstrated the tyranny of British rule, and, as importantly, provided an opportunity to galvanize support for the revolutionary cause. The facts surrounding the incident are still in dispute, but, writes Mr. Stoll, "what is certain is that Adams pressed immediately and aggressively to wring every possible bit of political advantage from the bloodshed." He started by giving it a name: the Boston Massacre. [bold added]
And, much later:
If Mr. Stoll's biography lacks the narrative power of books on other Founders, such as David McCullough's "John Adams," the reason may be that the paper trail left by Samuel Adams is frustratingly short. He destroyed much of his correspondence during the revolutionary years, fearful that it could fall into the wrong hands. Some of the letters that remain end with the words "burn this." This Adams wasn't playing for the history books. He was trying to plot a revolution. Mr. Stoll makes a convincing case that Samuel Adams is not just the most underrated of the Founders but also one of the most admirable, down-to-earth and principled (he worked to abolish slavery). [bold added]
Read it all! If you're like me, you'll seriously consider buying the book.

Contrast Adams's somewhat obscure, but heroic life to that of the egomaniac: two autobiographies, his track record as a career politician (and very little else), and the grave threat to individual rights he will surely represent.

Sadly, this contrast cannot be used to raise a successful call to oppose Obama by voting today, for his strongest electoral opponent, John McCain, is very much the same in so far as what he wishes to do to America; and at least Obama will prove an easier target for intellectual opposition should he take office. Like the British of Sam Adams' day, and unlike McCain, he is manifestly anti-American and dangerous.

After this election it will be up to the common citizen, once again, to fight for his freedom no matter who wins. At least Obama is an open enemy.

-- CAV


mtnrunner2 said...

You know things are getting bad when you have to start writing "burn this" on your correspondence.

"Dear Blogger: please burn all my blog entries. Thanks - mtnrunner2."

I'd have voted for a dead patriot over Obama, but I didn't see his name on the ballot. At the very least, a deceased Adams wouldn't stump for any new laws, all of which seem to violate individual rights these days.

I should buy some more Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner (nice beer) and toast him.

Gus Van Horn said...

Imperial Pilsner! Mmmm!

I didn't know they made that! I must try that in Boston the week after next!

Thanks for an excellent idea!

Harold said...

Yeah, it's gonna be bad if he wins and there's a Democratic congressional majority.

I liked Peikoff's line about not choosing between the lowest "subhumans" lol.

Game over.

Gus Van Horn said...

I agree. I realized I'd most likely abstain when some hapless poller called me at home aome time before the election and I immediately told him I would not be voting for any Presidential candidate because I was dissatisfied with all of them.

I Googled his firm after he abruptly ended the interview and learned that its job was to find out how to get voters to the polls for their clients.

Today, I stayed home from the polls, decided to ignore all election coverage as much as possible, and have had the good fortune not to discuss results with anyone (or overhear such a discussion).

If I had to guess, based on a few looks I caught today, Obama is not doing as well as forecast, but I am content to wait until tomorrow to find out whether that impression is anywhere near the truth.

I have already lost this round.

Harold said...

Well, it's over. Seems McCain got trounced pretty badly too. I'll be in New Orleans next week as well; at least I won't have to worry about riots.


Gus Van Horn said...

I ended up checking during my nightly call with my wife since she asked me to.

We're in for a rough few years. I really hope the Dems don't achieve a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but it looks like even that might be within reach.