July 6, 2006, - 7:54 am
By Debbie Schlussel
The ACLU–and President Bush–could learn a lot from America’s Founders. If only the group would stop lying about the Founders and their views on civil liberties.
Since America just celebrated its 230th birthday, take a look at what American Revolutionaries did just to get to a first day, let alone a first birthday.
It wasn’t at all the way lefty, self-proclaimed civil libertarians would have you believe.
Tory loyalists and other opponents of America’s independence were crushed like bugs. Revolutionaries weren’t the glowing respecters of dissent you’d think.
They treated British loyalists the way we should be treating terrorists and terror sympathizers in America. And they got the desired result we will never have with our limp policies of today: Toryists were the embarrassed class, second-class residents who held their heads low in shame. Today, the modern day worse-than-Tories– pan-Muslim, pan-Arabist, pro-terrorist groups–are feted by FBI and Homeland Security officials. And yes, even by the President.
The fish rots from the head down. It’s an old Greek saying. But so apt today. The head of the fish was alive and well in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. And long thereafter.
The Wall Street Journal’s Cynthia Crossen reports that British loyalists “never stood a chance against the zealous Patriots.” And sometimes, zeal is a good thing.
In 1774, just two years before Independence, the first Continental Congress “authorized local governments to form ‘committees of inspection,’ which would test their citizens’ allegiance to independence,” writes Crossen.
People who refused to take the Patriots’ oath often lost their homes and were prohibited from working. The General Court of Massachusetts advised Harvard College’s overseers to question their faculty and ‘dismiss any instructors who appeared to be unfriendly to American liberty.’
Today, it is the exact opposite. And that’s why we’re in trouble. You have to be unfriendly to American liberty to get a job at Harvard or pretty much any other college or university in America. To not hire a Muslim loyal to Hezbollah or refuse to sell him/her your home would invite a burst pinata full of lawsuits and prosecutions. You would be the Tory. They are the new revolutionaries. And, ultimately, we might be revolutionized out of the freedom business.
The founders recognized this. That’s why they crushed dissenters. Crossen writes that at least 75,000 Tory loyalists fled to Canada, England, and the West Indies.
Today, it’s just the opposite. Rather than shaming those who hate us and those who laugh at us, we have not thousands, but millions of those subversives, flowing into–not fleeing out of–our country. Unlike the Founders, we don’t shame them. We make it easy and acceptable for them to invade our country and undermine it. Unlike the founding Patriots we’ve gotten a little too comfortable.
The Patriot Act? Military Tribunals (now ruled Unconstitutional)? Guantanamo Bay? Homeland Security? Deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? All of these popular targets of the ACLU and Islamist groups had nothing on the machinations of the original American Patriots.
In the first days of America, it was a very different story than now. Instead of terror supporters like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) fighting America on its own shores every step of the way, Tory loyalists who remained in America “usually tried to keep their heads down,” Crossen writes. She quotes the writing of one loyalist from Pennsylvania:
I am afraid to converse with persons here, or to write my friends in Philadelphia . . . a letter intercepted or an unguarded word would plunge me into troubles. . . . These oppressions on men who have never given offense are justified by the [Patriots] as necessary for the security of all government.
So what was it the ACLU keeps saying about the Founding Fathers turning over in their graves over the Patriot Act? Actually, they are turning over in their graves . . . over how we’ve turned America over to the new, far worse Tory loyalists who have taken America hostage through the courts, the media, universities, everywhere else.
And then there was the physical punishment. The violence. There was a lot of it–all directed at loyalists. Crossen reports that the Patriots tarred and feathered them, jailing hundreds of them.
Are the cells and Sole Amandine at Gitmo excessive, “cruel and unusual” punishment for those who’d destroy us? A Delaware loyalist to England would have traded places with them to be in what Amnesty International absurdly calls “the gulag of our time.” He was convicted of aiding and abetting the enemy and sentenced to be hanged, but, the sentence read,
not ’til you be dead for you must be cut down alive . . . and then your head must be severed from your body and your body divided into four quarters and these must be at the disposal of the Supreme Authority of the state.
Makes the Abu Ghraib hoods and a death sentence for Zaccarias Moussaoui (sought and not attained at trial) sound like paradise.
We’re not necessarily suggesting a return to the quartering alive and tar-and-feathering of the days of the Founding Fathers. We’ve become more civilized. But other cultures who wish to destroy haven’t. And it’s important to note that the Founders got the message–a incontrovertible message of which our current “leaders” are clueless:
You repel more flies with vinegar than with honey.
The Founders didn’t allow any ACLU to flourish and claim otherwise.
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