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If history has taught us nothing else through the centuries it should have taught us that the best forecasters of the future are the events which transpired in the past. Sometimes the past does not have to be that far removed from the present to give us an accurate glimpse of the future. Sometimes what happened yesterday, or last year will give us an inkling what's going to happen tomorrow, next week or next year. And, sometimes we have to look back to the birth of our nation to more clearly see its demise. In 1797 Federalist John Adams, America's second president, pushed his super-majority Federalist Congress to enact a series of very repressive and very unconstitutional laws. Two of the laws targeted America's ally in the Revoluttionary War. The first law was The Aliens and Sedition Act which made it a crime for resident aliens to ridicule the President. When the law was debated, its proponents, advocates of a stronger central government that did not answer to the States, declared the law was specifically and singularly crafted to protect the Executive and Legislative Branch from alien meddlers in American politics.


The Aliens and Sedition Act was the second of four super-majority Federalist laws that were enacted by Adams and repealed by Thomas Jefferson. First was the Naturalization Act of 1798 (enacted June 18, 1798) that penalized French patriots who helped the Americans win their freedom from England. The law mandated that they would have to wait 14 years to apply for citizenship rather than 7 years like immigrants from anywhere else.


The Aliens and Sedition Act was enacted on June 25. Third was The Aliens Enemy Act of 1798 (enacted on July 6, 1798). It allowed the president to seize and deport resident aliens if the United States was at war with their country. Adams wanted to deport the French, believing that shortly, the United States would be at war with France.


And, finally, the law which resulted in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolves—The Sedition Act of 1798 that applied specifically to natural born American citizens who spoke or published "...false, scandalous, or malicious writings" against the government or any of its officials." The act of speaking out against the President of the United States became a crime punishable by four months in prison and a fine of $1,000. Liberty lasted only a decade before the nation's first veto-proof Congress violated the Constitution and robbed the American people of liberty.


The State legislatures in Virginia and Kentucky issued Resolves negating the four laws. They reminded the central government that it served at the pleasure of, and as an agent of, the States. The Resolutions were written by James Madison and Adams' Vice President, Thomas Jefferson. The resolutions argued that the federal government was created out of an agreement between the States, and thus, was subservient to the States. Further, that central authority was retained by the States and the People, and that all power not specifically delegated to the federal government was reserved exclusively for the States and the People through the Senate and the House, respectively. Rather than let the issue go to the US Supreme Court, Congress backpedaled and repealed the laws. In doing so, for the first and last time in history, the central government of the United States acknowledge its subservient role to the States. Today, based on the interpretation of one word in what the Supreme Court decided was the "enabling clause" of the Constitutions during the New Deal, the federal courts now view the States as being subservient to the federal government. (That's what happens when you give one party supra-power over the three branches of government. That party will always steal the power of the people by promising them some grand gratuity.)




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You guys are particularly crazy today Any reason?


Election Day.


They realize the end of their reign of ridiculousness is nigh, and they need to "blow their loads," as it were.

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