Conservative attitudes toward morality give rise to a profound concern for the necessity of freedom.
. . .
The aim of conservatives was to protect liberty,
I understand him to be casting the Federalists as the "conservatives" here. I'm not sure that "liberty," "freedom," or the "rule of law" were the objectives that the Federalists had in mind when, during the Adams presidency, they enacted the Sedition Act just a few years after the adoption of the First Amendment. Maybe I'm missing his point.
posted on 05/21/2002 7:29:27 PM PDT
As counter-point to the Federalist over reaction with the Sedition Act, didn't we have a Jefferson camp virtualy wanting to rework our recent creation to match the new French model?
My reading is that excess on both sides was high.
posted on 05/23/2002 11:22:09 AM PDT
by KC Burke
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