Those who hate to hear the truth will ban free speech whenever empowered. The US Constitution (COTUS) prior to the insertion of The First Amendment did nothing to stop this practice in and of itself. Literate and opinionated people read the sucker when it was sent around to the original thirteen states within The Articles of Confederation. The readers who ran with faster company took due notice of the implicit total constitutionality of speech, assembly, and religious bans in the initial draft of the COTUS.
Thomas Jefferson was particularly incensed. Since he was fortunate enough to live long before either William Randolph Hurst or Don Lemon anchoring a desk for CNN, he made a famous comment that he would choose newspapers without a government over a government without newspapers. It almost worked. Only the hard-minded compromises hammered out in The Bill of Rights enabled The COTUS to pass and be adopted in all 13 original US States.
US History courses will duly note the racism, jingoism, sexism, etceteraism (I made this one up) of The Founding Phalli of Amerika. Yet they scrupulously avoid mention of the already rampant Deep State. Amerika even had that during The Revolutionary War. It threw a young and ambitious Continental Army General named Benedict Arnold into jail for the high crime of Winning the Battle of Saratoga without immediately transferring all credit to their boy Horatio Gates. We all know how well that turned out in the end for both Arnold, and for many of The Continental Army units that he got an opportunity to inflict payback upon.
Once George Washington rode off into the sunset, John Adams and his cronies went to work on setting the wrongs inflicted by Crazy Tom Jefferson back aright. The First Amendment was their initial target. Thus, President Adams championed the Sedition Act.
In one of the first tests of freedom of speech, the House passed the Sedition Act, permitting the deportation, fine, or imprisonment of anyone deemed a threat or publishing “false, scandalous, or malicious writing” against the government of the United States. The 5th Congress (1797–1799), narrowly divided between the majority Federalists and minority Jeffersonian Republicans, voted 44 to 41 in favor of the Senate-passed bill.
On one side of the issue was a man from Connecticut who had apparently watched a few broadcasts by MSNBC through Denethor’s Palantir. He opined as follows:
“Liberty of the press and of opinion is calculated to destroy all confidence between man and man,” noted one of the bill’s supporters, John Allen of Connecticut. “It leads to the dissolution of every bond of union.”
On the other side, we had a young politico who would go on to end up on any fair-minded list of utterly stupid Amerikan Emperors. James Madison hotly opined the following.
“What will be the situation of the people?” James Madison of Virginia demanded. “Not free: because they will be compelled to make their election between competitors whose pretensions they are not permitted by act equally to examine, to discuss and to ascertain.”
Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and others have read the famous words of Mr. Madison and thought to themselves “!BONUS!” What Twitter and Facebook question or consider non-essential does not get heard over the Internet read by much of Amerika. Speech has been privatized, cartelized, and rigorously controlled in the name oligopolistic empire.
This is what weak and incapable political leadership typically does. During the Great Depression, Amerika was near an absolute ebb tide of its might. Starving veterans who had been promised a gimmedat by the government marched on the capitol to demand payment.
Now, as the Senate prepared to vote, thousands of veterans rallied outside its Chamber on the east front plaza. Capitol police, armed with rifles, took up positions at the building’s doors. Despite Majority Leader Joe Robinson’s support for the legislation, most members favored a remedy that would benefit not only the veterans but all economically distressed Americans. The Senate overwhelmingly rejected the bonus bill. Hearing the news, the marchers dispersed peacefully, but remained in Washington at makeshift campsites near Capitol Hill. A month later, heavily armed federal troops, led by General Douglas MacArthur and Majors Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton, torched and gassed the veterans’ camps, killing several and wounding many. Anarchy, both military and civilian, seemed a real possibility in those very dark times.
We now fast forward to the obviously fraudulent election of 2020. People are angry. Some of them dressed up in Viking gear and wandered through the capital. It reminds weak and guilty apparatchiks of bad times. They recoil from the truth as a nosferatu shown a crucifix. William J. Briggs describes how the coup is being defended by the new oligarchs.
The government, and the elites buzzing about government, once again fears its people. Take the nervous Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman of Pennsylvania. He said about the election, “This idea that saying that Pennsylvania was ‘rigged’ or that we were ‘trying to steal the election’ — that’s a lie. And you do not have the right that is not protected speech.”
Nancy Pelosi, true to form, coming down on the wrong side of every question, wants members of Congress who she deemed “accomplices” to the Capitol protest, hunted down and “prosecuted.” Joe Biden, narrowly avoiding Godwin’s Law, likened Ted Cruz to “Nazi propagandist Goebbels for helping Trump spread [the] ‘big lie’ about election fraud”.
Big Tech immediately began to purge dissenters, including President Trump, and Big Corporate promised to withhold donations from those who question the election.
A strong nation doesn’t need 25,000 soldiers to successfully inaugurate a new national leadership. The dying Roman Empire required that to enthrone yet another forgettable Barracks Emperor. A strong nation doesn’t need to first activate, then deploy, and then question the loyalty of 25,000 troops sent to secure the installation of a fraudulently elected old dotard into power. And what did this purblind, myopic old fool actually win? Not much, if the history of frightened regimes that crack down on sedition is closely examined.
How weak of a government did John Adams preside over when he rammed through the Sedition Act? One pathetically untenable if history is closely examined. Less than two decades after Adams and his cronies passed The Sedition Act, President James Madison saw his legions fulsomely crushed at The Battle of Bladensburg, MD. His family had to flee as victorious British Regulars ate the Madison family dinner off The White House dinner table.