An 18th-Century House of Cards: The True Story of Matthew Lyon

FK – I tried to search, so far fruitlessly, to find whether Adams supported or opposed the Bill of Rights. Maybe it doesn’t matter. It’s hard to imagine someone restricting free speech against govt. who would write this:

“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.”

But then the Founders were as obviously human as modern defenders of liberty and often as confused. But much of our confusion is due to ignorance of history, a neglect to view our domestic blood enemies in the light they deserve and plain old cowardice.

But I missed this one.

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