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7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults [Funny, but True]
mental floss ^ | Mark Mancini

Posted on 07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs...

1. On Benjamin Franklin

“His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.”

2. On Alexander Hamilton

“That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!”

(Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.)

3. On Thomas Paine's Common Sense

“What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.”

(For more on their relationship, head here.)

4. On George Washington

“That Washington is not a scholar is certain. That he is too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station is equally beyond dispute.”

5. On the City of Philadelphia

“Phyladelphia [sic], with all its trade and wealth and regularity, is not Boston. The morals of our people are much better; their manners are more polite and agreeable... Our language is better, our taste is better, our persons are handsomer; our spirit is greater, our laws are wiser, our religion is better, our education is better. We exceed them in every thing, but in a market.”

6. On Thomas Jefferson

“His soul is poisoned with ambition.”

7. On John Dickinson

While working as a member of the American revolution's continental congress, Adams referred to one of his less-radical colleagues as “a piddling genius” in one of his letters—an insult which caused a good deal of uproar when the British intercepted and published the candid document. For a fictionalized account of the pair's tense relationship, check out this clip from HBO's 2008 John Adams miniseries:

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TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 18thcentury; founders; quotes; writing
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John Adams, perhaps the original Rush Limbaugh. :)
1 posted on 07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Maybe the original Don Rickles.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 4:03:18 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SoFloFreeper

John Adams was a sick man and also our first liberal President, although an argument can be made that Washington was. His son, John Quincy, was a victim of both he and his wife, Abigail. John Quincy was a good man whose life was a living hell due to the ridiculous demands that his parents put upon him. Coincidentally, John and John Quincy were the only Presidents out of the first seven who only served one term.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 4:05:29 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: DManA

I wonder how long he would last on FR?

I bet his first post would be a zot thread.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 4:06:44 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: SoFloFreeper
8) On Barack Obama

"Living proof that in these several states,*anyone* can grow up to be President"

5 posted on 07/28/2013 4:06:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Adams is one of my favorite presidents, along with Coolidge.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 4:09:37 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Am still reading David McCullough's John Adams.

Adams was infinitely more than a mouth (no insult intended to Rush). Adams raised the money (from the Dutch) and arranged the French Naval support needed for victory at Yorktown.

He was disliked by many and dismissed by many others...but in hindsight...he is a towering little man.

A Boston Yankee from the Original Yankee cloth!

Good husband, good father...great American!

7 posted on 07/28/2013 4:09:48 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Liberals' first line of defense is emotion...the fall back position is specious reasoning.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

You sure he wasn’t covered under “crapulous mass”?


8 posted on 07/28/2013 4:10:04 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So he really would have loved Obama.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 4:11:42 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Dude!! The man actually used the word “crapulous”?! Nice!


10 posted on 07/28/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

His cousin Sam Adams was the Rush Limbaugh of that revolutionary era. I mean this in a good way for both Sam and Rush.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 4:14:16 PM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: SoFloFreeper
6. On Thomas Jefferson: “His soul is poisoned with ambition.”

BWA HAHAHAHA

12 posted on 07/28/2013 4:17:39 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: SoFloFreeper

I heard this somewhere, but the author escapes me:
“Measure your mind, by the shadow it creates.”

I was raised in the nation’s “pahk yor cah” neck-of-the-woods.

I have traveled this land, seen a lot, and somehow, doing a little ‘substitution of Adams’ Phyladelphya formula’, have made the same basic remarks!


13 posted on 07/28/2013 4:20:03 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: SoFloFreeper

I love this!
Thanks so much!
Saving!


14 posted on 07/28/2013 4:21:36 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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15 posted on 07/28/2013 4:23:08 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Crapulous mass! LOL! I’ll remember this one!


16 posted on 07/28/2013 4:26:56 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: gorush

Good point. That’s why Tom hanks and Spielberg produced John Adams in the first place. Not because they’re patriotic but they are libs first. The only good part about the series is that they made Jefferson look better than Adams, IMO.


17 posted on 07/28/2013 4:28:04 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: bigheadfred

Crapulous is a great word, but it doesn’t mean what I thought it did.

Perhaps it needs a new definition more appropriate to it’s first four letters.


18 posted on 07/28/2013 4:28:49 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: SoFloFreeper
“That Washington is not a scholar is certain. That he is too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station is equally beyond dispute.”

That is actually fairly true and Washington was well aware of it and very self conscious about it too. Though it's also true that Washington did quite a bit of studying on his own.

19 posted on 07/28/2013 4:30:26 PM PDT by DManA
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To: max americana

Don’t get me wrong, John Adams was great in the lead up to the Revolution. But after getting power he was what the founders warned us against.


20 posted on 07/28/2013 4:32:45 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Venturer

It can mean “2. Excessive indulgence” which fits the crapulous masstard well. Look at his vacations.


21 posted on 07/28/2013 4:34:54 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: SoFloFreeper; Dman; RoosterRedux; cripplecreek; gorush
John Adams was famous for being Pissed!

Lol!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg59XUXPCPU


22 posted on 07/28/2013 4:35:10 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: gorush

Correct. He preached the ideals of the revolution’ but failed to practice them once in power. And the reason why he hated Franklin is because Franklin accomplished more with the French to garner support, and the French simply disliked Adams even when he was there on French soil.


23 posted on 07/28/2013 4:36:00 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: bigheadfred

It should mean that everything that comes out of his mouth is excrement. Nothing could be more truthful than that.


24 posted on 07/28/2013 4:36:27 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

All it takes if for us to start using it as such and voila`. This is the land of opportunity. Let’s try it out.

Did you hear bunghole barry’s last speech? It was a crapulous mass.


25 posted on 07/28/2013 4:44:47 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: bigheadfred
You sure he wasn’t covered under “crapulous mass”?

Of course not. What kind of such a mass ever forced you to buy a commercial service that you don't want?

26 posted on 07/28/2013 4:48:17 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: bigheadfred

Why not? Words mean whatever we infer them to!


27 posted on 07/28/2013 4:54:20 PM PDT by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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To: RoosterRedux

The Naval action in the Chesapeake in 1781 was the only significant victorious battle in French naval annals.


28 posted on 07/28/2013 4:59:36 PM PDT by allendale
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To: SoFloFreeper

Um, I read David McCullough’s “John Adams” (a fairly exhaustive work) and did not see a single one of these quotes.

Can anyone else corroborate?


29 posted on 07/28/2013 5:01:47 PM PDT by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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To: Walrus

Not sure about the authenticity of those John Adams’ quotes but I do know that he walked for miles and miles every day and he started each morning with a tankard of hard cider. He lived to be 91 which in those days was quite an accomplishment. Ironically he died the same day as Thomas Jefferson - on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1826). Certainly one of the strangest coincidences in our nation’s history.


30 posted on 07/28/2013 5:07:22 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SoFloFreeper

John Adams, perhaps the original Rush Limbaugh. :)

Also a distant relative of Jane Fonda


31 posted on 07/28/2013 5:07:48 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: SoFloFreeper

...or just spouting off when he got drunk.


32 posted on 07/28/2013 5:10:43 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The original Andrew Dice Clay.
“Hickory, dickory, dock
Betsy was...”


33 posted on 07/28/2013 5:12:55 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Terry L Smith

Measure your mind by the shadow it creates? What am I supposed to do, it is almost always overcast here.


34 posted on 07/28/2013 5:14:02 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”


35 posted on 07/28/2013 5:15:32 PM PDT by kenavi (Debunk THIS!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

If these quotes are true, I think a lot less of him than I used to!


36 posted on 07/28/2013 5:23:35 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The Journal of William Maclay has a few choice insults about our Founders.
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(mj001T000)):

...John Adams has served to illustrate two points at least with me, viz., that a fool is the most unmanageable of all brutes, and that flattery is the most irksome of all service.
... I can, through this channel, communicate what I please to Madison; and I think I know him. But if he is led, it must be without letting him know that he is so; in other words, he must not see the string.
...Republicans are borne down by fashion and a fear of being charged with a want of respect to General Washington. If there is treason in the wish I retract it, but would to God this same General Washington were in heaven! We would not then have him brought forward as the constant cover to every unconstitutional and irrepublican act.

I’d give him the Don Rickles nod.


37 posted on 07/28/2013 5:24:51 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

My favorite Founding Father bump.


38 posted on 07/28/2013 5:27:57 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: bigheadfred

I have seen wittier put-downs made by Freepers.

We have many, many talented Freepers!


39 posted on 07/28/2013 5:29:41 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"John Adams, perhaps the original Rush Limbaugh.''<< And a master at projection. His insult of George Washington is beyond the pale. While Adams got fat and rich as a lawyer in Boston, General George Washington defeated the British and won us a freaking country.
40 posted on 07/28/2013 5:35:41 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Crapulous...so descriptive...


41 posted on 07/28/2013 5:36:26 PM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Pompous Yankee bump.


42 posted on 07/28/2013 5:44:40 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: RoosterRedux

He was also a good singer, although he was known to be obnoxious and disliked, that cannot be denied. ;)


43 posted on 07/28/2013 6:15:12 PM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: DManA

Washington fed off his advisors...And if it hadn’t been for his older brother, we’d all be going “George who?”


44 posted on 07/28/2013 6:26:50 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DManA
“That Washington is not a scholar is certain. That he is too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station is equally beyond dispute.”

I have a 30 volume bound set of the writings of Washington published by the Library of Congress in the late 1930s. This “illiterate man” probably wrote more than any of the other founding fathers. It is true he use archaic spelling (adding a ‘k’ to words ending in ‘ic’ et c.) since the spelling had changed after his formative years.
45 posted on 07/28/2013 6:32:58 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei ("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
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To: Hiddigeigei

Illiterate is absolutely inaccurate, obviously. But it is true he had almost no formal education.


46 posted on 07/28/2013 6:39:08 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Walrus

I read that book and also have watched the HBO series. I too don’t remember hearing or reading these.


47 posted on 07/28/2013 6:58:34 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Sacajaweau
Gee, I don't know.

I respect your opinion and I know Geo W wasn't perfect...but his campaign across the Delaware and into Trenton seemed to do the trick.

At long last we had the British (and their German assistants) on the defensive.

48 posted on 07/28/2013 7:03:55 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Liberals' first line of defense is emotion...the fall back position is specious reasoning.)
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To: DManA

For most autodidacts with a good library, a formal education is a waste of time.


49 posted on 07/28/2013 7:06:14 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei ("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Don’t forget.
President John Adams was a big proponent of the Alien and Sedition Acts. These were clearly unconstitutional and later retracted by Congress.
Jefferson and Madison were very concerned about these acts and wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions


50 posted on 07/28/2013 7:08:58 PM PDT by nmrancher
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