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P+C – Jonathan Robbins



I am almost always amused when politicians today talk about how tough they have it. You know the lines they use… “Nobody has ever been attacked like I have been…” or my new favorite, “This is the worst (fill in the blank situation) that the Nation has ever faced. There is much talk of impeachment and “the worst ever” this or that.

Once upon a time, we talked about the Second Man to be President. In any case, it turned out to be John Adams, one of the men who served the revolution literally from the beginning. But now, as President, he faces “the worst situation the nation” has ever faced. France, our longtime ally and friend is attacking our merchant ships at sea. There are reports that French Officials have attempted to bribe American diplomats. And languishing in an American jail, is an Englishman, Jonathan Robbins,  having been arrested in South Carolina for murder and mutiny. The Republicans are furious that Adams is interfering in the case. They call it “obstruction” and they are certain that they have grounds to impeach the man who most today hold in the highest regard.


NOTE: There are a couple of errors in the slides, particularly John Marshall being misidentified as John Jay. This is pointed out in the audio of the show.

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The Occasioning of Two Mobs



NOTE: Yes, there is an audio issue in the introduction. It goes away at the end of the intro. Sorry, Dave refused to wear headphones tonight… – Producer Henri.

In a world where people still believe that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a real thing, where SNOPES “fact checks” the Babylon Bee, where Saints fans still believe that it was all a plot against them, the whole Jussie Smollett story has been labeled as “weird” by the local news personality.

It is a huge conversational buffalo, so big in fact that I am not even sure where to start chewing. The weeping and gnashing of teeth by the celebrities left who will admit that the supported Smollet in the beginning might be a good place. But even I don’t have the appetite it would take to consume all of that.

No, for me there is an unexpected concern here.

Back in 1773, some Lobster Backs were put on trial for murder in Boston. They were accused of shooting Colonials, but it was their defense that really caused a commotion. Their attorney decided to stand up for the rights of the accused, not to join the baying crowd calling for their blood.

Up stepped John Adams. Yes… THAT John Adams…

He defended the soldiers and while it was surprising at the time, calmer heads understood what the mob did not – that vengeance is not justice and that the accused have rights. Adams won the trial and the Soldiers went free. As they should have.

What I watched this morning, along with millions of my fellow countrymen, appalled me.

Because a very sick person tried to manipulate half of America by playing on perceived hatred and stereotypes because he was mad about his salary?

Nope.

I was appalled that what I watched was nothing more than a return to the values and practices of a tyrannical government. Whether you or I think that Jussie Smollet did it or not, how is it okay with us that the government – in the form of a Police Chief – stood in front of the camera broadcasting to the world and indicted, arraigned, tried, judged and all but sentenced a man for crime before his booking photo was dry?

It may make me unpopular, but as my Dad always said, that puts me in good company. The accused have rights, and I was appalled at how the government just rolled right over them this morning.

Of course, there are bigger problems in this country. But they aren’t what we keep being told that they are. And when you break it down, it’s not any different from the day that some Lobster Backs were sent into a volatile powder keg with a crowd yelling “Fire! Fire!” and in an attempt to quell one problem, created two…


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