Episode 438: Mercy, Lawfare and Discouragements – It’s On You To Do

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This weeks program ‘Mercy, Lawfare and Discouragements’ is straight out of the predictive works of Mercy Otis Warren and the sharp arguments during the 1760’s of Samuel Adams.

Mercy is predictive of our present in her work ‘Observations on the New Constitution By a Columbian Patriot,’ 1788. I will highlight the fundamentals that are distinctives of liberty,History of Mercy slavery, tyranny and despotism brought on by a Centralized government allowed for in the framework of the Constitution. Mercy lays it out plainly in this Anti-federalist pamphlet.

Sam Adams being an older contemporary of Mercy, grinds into preventative policy to advert the lawfare of 1764 as well as the discouragements to commerce, liberty, property and civil society in the Letter of Instruction to those elected to the Massachusetts Colonial House of Representatives.

History No Longer

History no longer holds any significance in ensuring that enshrined principles of governing humanity in a republic matter. In fact, as clearly pointed out in my programs over the last month, political and economic theology are rooted in the humanism of the last one-hundred years. Even more so now, the ‘progressives’ not only desire but are fully wiping fundamental history, virtue, morals and principles out of the common mechanisms of education, business, government and yes, even religion.

The Following is a direct quote from the Preface of ‘The Biblical Structure of History’ by Gary North, pages xii and xiii.

C. Gregg ‘Singer’s essay was titled “The Problem of Historical Interpretation.” He began his essay with this paragraph:

Some five years ago at an annual meeting of the American Historical Association the writer had the occasion to meet informally with a group of the more famous historians in attendance at that conference. The subject under discussion was the meaning and purpose of history. These half-dozen scholars were of the opinion that history lacks any decisive meaning and any discernible purpose. The writer then posed to this group of distinguished scholars one question: If this be the case, then why do we teach history? The scholars looked at him with surprise and even disgust, but no answer was forthcoming from any of them. The group broke up as each went to his own particular luncheon group and discussion of various phases of a subject which they could not really justify as part of a college curriculum and yet which they continue to teach as if the knowledge of it had some inherent value.

In the second paragraph, he drew a conclusion regarding the world of humanist academia:

This incident is by no means unique. The professional historians in this country and in Europe have come to the place where they have little faith in the subject to which they have devoted their lives. Historians with increasing and distressing frequency are openly admitting that history has no meaning and shows little or no purpose or goals. But neither is this anti-intellectual attitude peculiar to the professional historians. The existentialist and positive philosophies have entered into the thinking of most areas of human thought and activity with devastating results. In conjunction with the Freudian school in psychology, they have made irrationalism and anti-intellectualism fashionable and have virtually removed the concepts of purpose and meaning from the thinking of many historians and those who proclaim themselves to be “social scientists.”

His assessment was correct. Leading historians in 1970 no longer had faith that history reveals any authoritative meaning or purpose. This lack of faith is far more widespread today. It had been building for half a century before Singer wrote his essay.’

Just my 2¢ is that defining and teaching history is now the scripting of ideologist instead of researched fact with foundation.

Starting with Mercy 

I am starting with Mercy. Boy do we need God’s mercy in our present day. I am only highlighting the punch in the nose paragraphs here but will cover more and expound on, dissecting these paragraphs a smidgeon now and possibly more in depth within the full content of the program. I will modernize some of the spelling in the following and will define words using () and italics. My interjections will be inserted in the normal font and paragraph style.

Mankind may amuse themselves with theoretic systems of liberty, and trace its social and moral effects on sciences, virtue, industry and every improvement of which the human mind is capable;

We have witnessed and suffered the various ‘theoretic systems’ in each discipline to which Mercy asserts ‘social and moral effects’ has causality.

but we can only discern its true value by the practical and wretched effects of slavery; and thus dreadfully will they be realized, when the inhabitants of the Eastern States are dragging out a miserable existence, only on the gleanings of their fields; and the Southern, blessed with a softer and more fertile climate, are languishing in hopeless poverty; and when asked, what is become of the flower of their crop, and the rich produce of their farms—they may answer in the hapless stile of the Man of La Mancha,—” The steward of my Lord has seized and sent it to Madrid.” Or, in the more literal language of truth, The exigencies(Demand; urgency; urgent need or want.) of government require that the collectors of the revenue should transmit it to the Federal City.

Think these statement through and it is apparent to the most simple mind that ‘the more literal language’ is our exact present situation related to taxation.

Animated with the firmest zeal for the interest of this country, the peace and union of the American States, and the freedom and happiness of a people who have made the most costly sacrifices in the cause of liberty, — who have braved the power of Britain, weathered the convulsions of war, and waded through the blood of friends and foes to establish their independence and to support the freedom of the human mind;

Freedom of the human mind was as critical as any other aspect of Liberty in the former colonies now New States. Very much as our present, the political machine and media, event the Anglican Church, were detailing how the people should think and behave.

I cannot silently witness this degradation without calling on them, before they are compelled to blush at their own servitude, and to turn back their languid (drooping, dull) eyes on their lost liberties — to consider, that the character of nations generally changes at the moment of revolution.— And when patriotism is discountenanced (Abashed; discouraged; checked; frowned on.) and public virtue becomes the ridicule of the sycophant ( informer, in general; hence, a parasite; a mean flatterer; especially a flatterer of princes and great men; hence, a deceiver; an impostor.) — when every man of liberality, firmness and penetration who cannot lick the hand stretched out to oppress, is deemed an enemy to the State

Again, take the time to consider the worse degradation that those who are elected should feel for how they govern, calling themselves defenders of liberty. The Character of our nation has changed with the revolution starting with Obama’s ‘Fundamentally changing America,’ to O’biden’s lawlessness opening the doors to invasion of illegals. Patriotism in our time is ‘discountenanced.’ To which, the sycophants of education, media and religion deem we who hold to truth, Biblical religion and the Republic as enemies of the State.

Now consider each clause in its full consideration to our present.

—then is the gulf of despotism set open, and the grades (A step or degree in any ascending series) to slavery, though rapid, are scarce (not abundant) perceptible (known or conceived of) —then genius drags heavily its iron chain — science is neglected, and real merit flies to the shades (obscure place) for security from reproach (Shame; infamy; disgrace.) — the mind becomes enervated (Weakened; enfeebled; emasculated.), and the national character sinks to a kind of apathy with only energy sufficient to curse the breast that gave it milk, and as an elegant writer observes, “To bewail every new birth as an increase of misery, under a government where the mind is necessarily debased (reduced in purity, fineness, quality or value; adulterated; degraded;), and talents are seduced to become the panegyrists (One who bestows praise; an eulogist;) of usurpation and tyranny.” He adds, “that even sedition is not the most indubitable (Not to be doubted; unquestionable; evident) enemy to the public welfare; but that its most dreadful foe is despotism which always changes the character of nations for the worse, and is productive of nothing but vice, that the tyrant no longer excites to the pursuits of glory or virtue; it is not talents, it is baseness and servility that he cherishes, and the weight of arbitrary power destroys the spring of emulation.” [Helvitius]

I am breaking up this long paragraph so that I can cause you to contemplate the fulness of Mercy’s questions that are even more critical to ponder at present.

Self defence is a primary law of nature, which no subsequent law of society can abolish; this primeval principle, the immediate gift of the Creator, obliges every one to remonstrate against the strides of ambition, and a wanton lust of domination, and to resist the first approaches of tyranny, which at this day threaten to sweep away the rights for which the brave Sons of America have fought with a heroism scarcely paralleled even in ancient republics. It may be repeated, they have purchased it with their blood, and have gloried in their independence with a dignity of spirit, which has made them the admiration of philosophy, the pride of America, and the wonder of Europe. It has been observed, with great propriety, that “the virtues and vices of a people “when a revolution happens in their government, are the measure of the liberty or slavery they ought to expect — An heroic love for the public good, a profound reverence for the laws, a contempt of riches, and a noble haughtiness of “soul, are the only foundations of a free government.” [Abbe Mable]

How are these words echoing in time to resonate across the modern media, education and pulpits?

Do not their dignified principles still exist among us? Or are they extinguished in the breasts of Americans, whose fields have been so recently crimsoned to repel the potent arm of a foreign Monarch, who had planted his engines of slavery in every city, with design to erase the vestiges of freedom in this his last asylum. It is yet to be hoped, for the honour of human nature, that no combinations either foreign or domestic have thus darkened this Western hemisphere. — On these shores freedom has planted her standard, dipped in the purple tide that flowed from the veins of her martyred heroes; and here every uncorrupted American yet hopes to see it supported by the vigor, the justice, the wisdom and unanimity of the people, in spite of the deep-laid plots the secret intrigues, or the bold effrontery (boldness transgressing the bounds of modesty and decorum) of those interested and avricious (Covetous; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property) adventurers for place, who intoxicated with the ideas of distinction and preferment have prostrated every worthy principle beneath the shrine of ambition. Yet these are the men who tell us republicanism is dwindled into theory—that we are incapable of enjoying our liberties—and that we must have a master. — Let us retrospect the days of our adversity, and recollect who were then our friends; do we find them among the sticklers for aristocratic authority? No, they were generally the same men who now wish to save us from the distractions of anarchy on the one hand, and the jaws of tyranny on the other; where then were the class who now come forth importunately urging that our political salvation depends on the adoption of a system at which freedom spurns? —Were not some of them hidden in the corners of obscurity, and others wrapping themselves in the bosom of our enemies for safety? Some of them were in the arms of infancy; and others speculating for fortune, by sporting with public money; while a few, a very few of them were magnanimously defending their country, and raising a character, which I pray heaven may never be sullied by aiding measures derogatory to their former exertions. But the revolutions in principle which time produces among mankind, frequently exhibits the most mortifying instances of human weakness; and this alone can account for the extraordinary appearance of a few names, once distinguished in the honorable walks of patriotism, but now found in the list of the Massachusetts assent to the ratification of a Constitution, which, by the undefined meaning of some parts, and the ambiguities of expression in others, is dangerously adapted to the purposes of an immediate aristocratic tyranny; that from the difficulty, if not impracticability of its operation, must soon terminate in the most uncontrolled despotism.

I am leaving Mercy for now for the discussion of Sam Adams regarding lawfare and discouragements.

Lawfare and Discouragements

Consider the 1764 Letter of Instruction to those elected to office.

Being Members of the Legislative Body, you will have a special Regard to the Morals of this People, which are the Basis of public Happiness; & endeavor to have such Laws made if any are still wanting as shall be best adapted to secure them: and we particularly desire you carefully to look into the Laws of Excise, that if the Virtue of the People is endangered by the Multiplicity of Oaths therein enjoyned or their Trade & Business is unreasonably impeded or embarrassed thereby, the Grievance may be redressd.

As the Preservation of Morals as well as Property & Right, so much depends upon the impartial Distribution of Justice, agreeable to good & wholesome Law: and as the Judges of the Land do depend upon the free Grants of the General Assembly for Support; It is incumbent upon you at all times to give your Voice for their honorable Maintenance so long as they, having in their minds an Indifference to all other Affairs, shall devote themselves wholly to the Duties of their own Department, and the further Study of the Law, by which their Customs Precedents Proceedings & Determinations are adjusted & limited.

You will join in any Proposals which may be made for the better cultivating the Lands & improving the Husbandry of the Province: And as you represent a Town which lives by its Trade we expect in a very particular Manner that you make it the Object of your Attention, to support our Commerce in all its just Rights, to vindicate it from all unreasonable Impositions & promote its Prosperity Our Trade has for a long time labord under great Discouragements; & it is with the deepest Concern that we see such further Difficulty’s coming upon it as will reduce it to the lowest Ebb, if not totally obstruct & ruin it. We cannot help expressing our Surprize, that when so early Notice was given by the Agent of the Intentions of the Ministry to burthen us with new Taxes, so little Regard was had to this most interesting Matter, that the Court was not even called together to consult about it till the latter end of the Year; the Consequence of which was, that Instructions could not be sent to the Agent, tho solicited by him, till the Evil had got beyond an easy Remedy. There is now no Room for further Delay: We therefore expect that you will use earliest Endeavors in the General Assembly, that such Methods may be taken as will effectually prevent these Proceedings against us. By a proper Representation we apprehend it may easily be made to appear that such Severitys will prove detrimental to Great Britain itself; upon which Account we have Reason to hope that an Application, even for a Repeal of the Act, should it be already passed, will be successful. It is the Trade of the Colonys, that renders them beneficial to the Mother Country: … – But what still heightens our apprehensions is, that these unexpected Proceedings may be preparatory to new Taxations upon us: For if our Trade may be taxed why not our Lands? Why not the Produce of our Lands & every thing we possess or make use of? This we apprehend annihilates our Charter Right to govern & tax ourselves It strikes at our British Privileges, which as we have never forfeited them, we hold in common with our Fellow Subjects who are Natives of Britain: If Taxes are laid upon us in any shape without our having a legal Representation where they are laid, are we not reduced from the Character of free Subjects to the miserable State of tributary Slaves?

The Rest of The Story

The Story is simple. Learn true history. Apply the principles that are timeless. Be armed with truth. Act accordingly. Meaning that you have to get fully engaged and be an active Citizen. Go Do What Is Needed to defeat the enemy of the Republic and humanity.

Sam Adams Wisdom

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1. Writings of Samuel Adams Vol I.

2. Mercy Otis Warren. Observations on the New Constitution, 1788

3. The Biblical Structure Of History, Gary North, 2022

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