The III Percent Mission Statement: Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson
You could actually make a pretty effective case that Alex Jones is the new Sam Adams. Loud, obnoxious and he really knows how to play to the crowd. I'll agree that without Sam Adams we'd wouldn't have had the War for Independence (nor the organized drunken mobs and bar thugs that destroyed private property and terrorized the streets of Boston ).Use caution if you put him on too high of a pedestal, because Sam Adams was a real son of a bitch who ended up stabbing George Washington in the back and turned on his "friend" John Hancock.
To be sure, without Samuel Adams there would have been no American Revolution.Make no mistake, simply put, he was a street organizer. While he rubbed elbows with some of the more high brow people, his power resided in the taverns and docks.I believe John Hancock was absolutely petrified of him at the beginning of their relationship. Tory merchant-bankers felt the wrath of Adams and Hancock worried that he could be subject to having his home and business destroyed as well as being tarred, feathered, hung from the Liberty Tree and beaten. Consequently, Hancock became the money man for the Sons of Liberty for the most part. He really grew into the role of a Founding Father. Were it not for Adams, I'm reasonably sure Hancock would have worked for reconciliation with the king.It's important to understand that Adam's did get people killed. The Boston Massacre was more than likely his work and he was in Lexington the night before the Green with Hancock and no doubt conferring with Captain John Parker. The Boston Tea Party, while no one was killed, was most certainly his work as well.Along with Hancock and to a lesser degree James Otis, Adams formed the nucleus and impetus of the American Revolution. That nucleus and impetus resided solely in Boston but incited action in all of the colonies with the exception of Georgia for the most part.The take away? Three guys. Three guys pushed the issue and created a rebellion. We talk of three percent. The reality is it was probably just three guys.How? Why?Take Hancock out of the equation. He was intimidated by Adams and grew into his role. However, the other two of the triad, Adams and Otis? One word, visceral. They absolutely hated the Crown. Those two guys felt personally wronged by it and spent every waking moment plotting and planning to insure independence.Wrong? I don't think so.And it is interesting to note that taxes increased considerably after independence was achieved.
For the good or the bad, it takes passionate people to accomplish passsionate things.Miss Violet
I was re-reading some stuff and I came across this.According to Chief Justice Peter Oliver, Sam Adams was ready to commit any "crime" to overthrow the government. "When asked to draw the picture of the devil," Oliver recounted, "a celebrated painter responded he would ask Sam Adams to sit for him."Yeah, be that guy.
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