The same was true in Boston in the times of John Hancock ,Sam Adams and James Otis.They didn't call them terrorists but the penalty's were the same.You risk life liberty and what freedom you have left when life under a yoke becomes unbearable for you .Fewer than one hundred people total started the First American rebellion and did it right under the noses of their antagonists.Hancock financed the Continental army from his own pockets and supplied all of General George Washingtons early needs during the first Great American war of rebellion .Hancock was well known to the Boston British General staff and he had had many of their senior officers to his Boston home for meals.While Hancock entertained the British high command his men were often emptying smuggling ships of illegal arms into his many Boston area warehouses.Hancock,Sam Adams and James Otis were all just ordinary men driven by events to become great American patriots .
Otis's conversion from a conservative royal employee to radical critic is not explained solely in terms of constitutional scruples. In 1761, the newly appointed governor of Massachusetts, Sir Francis Bernard, had selected Thomas Hutchinson to be the new Chief Justice of the colony's Superior Court; the candidacy of James Otis Sr.,his father,was bypassed.
Fueled both by principle and a desire for revenge, Otis resigned his position in 1761, and accepted a call from Boston merchants to represent them in a fight to prevent the renewal of authority for the writs of assistance. The case was heard in February and Otis, in the fashion of the day, delivered an eloquent five-hour argument in which he maintained that the writs were a violation of the colonist's natural rights and that any act of Parliament that abrogated those rights was null and void. He stated in part:
A Man's house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court may inquire.
In attendance at court that day was a young attorney, John Adams,the future President, who would later cite this moment as the first scene in the first act of resistance to oppressive British policies.
Otis lost the case; the writs of assistance were renewed. However, the matter had been brought to popular attention and few officials in the future were willing to incur public wrath by employing the orders. Otis became an instant celebrity and a month later was elected to a seat in the General Court (legislature). As time passed and the list of American grievances against the Crown grew, Otis played an ever more prominent role in advancing the colonists' interests. In 1764, he headed the Massachusetts committee of correspondence. He also spoke and wrote widely, and won special praise for The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved (1764), in which he made the case against Parliamentary taxation of the colonies. The following year he was a leading figure at the Stamp Act Congress in New York City
In 1769, at the height of his popularity and influence, Otis was pulled from the public stage. He had infuriated a Boston custom-house official with a vicious newspaper attack; the official beat Otis on his head with a cane. For the remainder of his life, Otis was subject to long bouts of mental instability. He was unable to participate in public affairs and spent most of his time wandering through the streets of Boston, enduring the taunts of a populace that had quickly forgotten his contributions. Otis was struck and killed by lightning in May 1783.
"Thus dies a true American Patriot whatever you may think of his motives !"
Taking the guns from our hands, which is an individual right listed out in the constitution, is wrong. And I can tell you, where I'm at, this is the one that will touch off an all out war here.
A relativistic society is the wrong we talk about. Doing away with right and wrong is, in itself, wrong.
|« Previous Thread | Next Thread »|