Skip to comments.Samuel Adams is Spinning in his Grave
Posted on 12/05/2012 6:50:49 AM PST by morethanright
By Mr. Curmudgeon:
"I will walk in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts."
- Psalms 119:45
In December of 1773, hotheaded revolutionary Samuel Adams attended a meeting of 7,000 American colonials at the Old South Church in Boston. They were angry over the Tea Act passed by the British Parliament. The tea tax raised revenue used to pay colonial governors and judges, which London viewed as the best means to control them. When Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson issued a statement making clear his support for king and country, Samuel Adams announced, "This meeting can do nothing further to save the country."
According to legend, Adams' statement was a prearranged signal for the Sons of Liberty to don their Mohawk Indian costumes and head to Boston Harbor - into which they dumped a sizable quantity of Tea. The Tea Party was a harbinger of things to come.
Coincidently, Old South Church possesses two copies of the first book published in America - 1640 editions of the Old Testament's book of Psalms. According to the Boston Globe, one copy will be auctioned to "help the church pay for needed repairs to its building and set the congregation on firmer financial ground as it pursues plans to grow its membership and mission." The Globe estimates the sale will fetch between $10 million and $20 million.
The decay of the Old South Church, sadly, is more than physical. Today's United Church of Christ (UCC), its clergy and congregation, have little in common with Samuel Adams or the 7,000 Bostonians outraged that Britain would bribe colonial officials with their own tax dollars.
The following are positions taken by the UCC:
ObamaCare: "... We believe that the law itself and the expansion of Medicaid included in the Affordable Care Act both speak to the moral and justice imperatives of equal access for all."
Economic Justice: "Our laws and public policy are the blueprints by which we set up the institutions that allocate people's chances in life."
Nuclear disarmament: "Local churches are encouraged to offer prayers and times of reflection on the significance of the past sixty years, and to pray and offer witness for peace in the world and the elimination of all stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Another world is possible. It must be possible - a world void of nuclear weapons with their devastating and long lasting effects on the peoples of this world, and on the earth."
Abortion: "After the Supreme Court decision in 1972, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S., the UCC has joined with other faith groups to protect women's equal and fair access to abortion and family planning which have been under attack consistently."
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" asks Psalms 8 "... For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet ..."
The clear implication in that statement is that Mankind is unique among the pantheon of creatures populating the Earth, and Man's God-given uniqueness, his nature, makes him equal with his fellow man.
"The state of nature has a law ... to govern it, which obliges every one," wrote John Locke in 1690, "... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions ..."
Thomas Jefferson obviously loved Locke. He fashioned his epic Declaration on Locke's ideals, stating that the people of America should "assume among the powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them," that the highest, God-given qualities bound to Man's nature are expressed through Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Preserving these spiritual endowments, Jefferson declared, is the only legitimate purpose governments serve.
The Old South Church has changed ... as has Boston ... Massachusetts ... and the nation.
The doctrines of today's Old South Church (supporting dictatorial ObamaCare, wealth redistribution, disarming America and abortion) sound familiar because they are ideological and not theological. Their "faith-based" politics elevates government a little above the angels and demotes free men to the status of single-cell ameba.
It's therefore understandable that a church which dehumanizes Mankind as mere servants of the state would willingly sell a treasured book that cautions the reader, "Put not your trust in princes."
I can almost hear Sam Adams shout, "This meeting can do nothing further to save the country!"
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The difference between 1773 and today is 7000 people cared enough to come out in 1773 at a time when 7000 was a good percentage of the population. I can’t conceive of 7000 people in any US metropolitan area today ripping themselves away from their HDTV’s and going downtown to hear a speech for liberty, even if Sam Adams himself returned from the grave to give it.
In fact I suspect less than 10% of the population today is aware of the name Sam Adams and 95% of that 10% thinks it is a beer brand.
The more I read about Sam Adams and his rabble mob, the more I realize I probably would have been a Tory back in the day. A more cutthroat, intolerant bunch would be hard to find.
Most probably most Americans would have agreed with you.
Yet their drive for freedom has been our legacy...
And their solution to achieve this “freedom” was to create a central government that has leached it’s power from the States, delivering us back into the hands of tyranny. Swell.
maybe cemetaries should offer a funerary option of a coffin mounted on a rotating shaft to accomodate future developments.
Reading the Federalist Papers gives a good sense even of the struggle amongst the Founders with man’s innate tendency toward being a control freak.
Thomas Jefferson was more of a states right kinda guy. His move of the Capitol of the Federal Gov’mt from Philly to Virginia (now DC) is ascribed cynically by many as having been solely for his state’s benefit...and yet...remarkably...the plot of land he chose was so swampy and disease ridden(malaria/yellow fever) that it was a real impediment to lengthy Congressional sessions..and undoubtedly slowed the inevitable Federal expansion for hundreds of years.
Indeed it is not until modern, cheap air-conditioning ...among other things of course..do we see DC growth and central power exponentially increasing.
what they were able to gift the world has been remarkable..even if today to be merely their thought. ideas and words....the idea of Freedom will never be purged by the State...nor the history of its 200 years of native expression.