Friday, April 01, 2005

John Adams: His Legacy Befouled in Massachusetts

How many insults can he take? First, John Adams is targeted by our Chief Justice Margaret Marshall for hero-worship. One of my most repulsive TV memories is seeing a few minutes of a "dramatic reading" of the letters of Abigail and John Adams, read by no other than our own Empress Margaret and her husband, Anthony Lewis, the ultra-left former New York Times columnist. (Shown on C-Span, Sept. 2000; check out the photo!)

Then Empress Margaret declares John Adams the author of this great idea: homosexual "marriage". After all, he wrote the Massachusetts Constitution where the "right" was discovered.

And now, the Massachusetts eminences name their Imperial Judicial Palace after poor Adams! Yesterday, at the dedication of the "John Adams Courthouse" (after its $150 million renovation), Senator Teddy declared the judiciary "the crown jewel of our system of government". Whatever happened to the people? I thought Adams said all power emanated from us??? (From the Mass. Constitution:)

"All power residing originally in the people, and being derived from them, the several magistrates and officers of government vested with authority, whether legislative, executive, or judicial, are the substitutes and agents, and are at all times accountable to them."

David McCullough, Adams' biographer, said that we should all stop complaining, and that the money was "very well spent by good people"! (I'm sure he had just had a very elegant luncheon at some elite Boston venue!) I've read McCollough's biography of John Adams. I don't remember reading any discussion there of homosexual "marriage". Or even of homosexuality. Or even of sexuality.

And don't miss Senator Teddy's brutish comments, just hours after Terry Schiavo's death. (From The Boston Globe, 4/1/05:)

"Among the officials attending were US Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

"Kennedy used the ceremony to condemn President Bush and Congress for thrusting themselves into the Terri Schiavo case, calling it an insult to Adams' memory.

"Speaking only 6½ hours after the severely brain-damaged woman died at a Florida hospice, Kennedy said efforts by Bush and Congress to intervene were an egregious intrusion in a legal battle that state courts had litigated.

'' 'They are seeking to take away the independence of the judiciary, the crown jewel in our system of government,' Kennedy said, 'so that they can advance their own ideological agenda of the day.' "

About a dozen Article 8 protesters showed up outside the "John Adams Courthouse" during the dedication ceremony. The demonstration permit was confined to the Ashburton Place (back) side. (Why is a permit needed???) Carefully watched by Boston City Police, Mass. state troopers (on foot and mounted), plainclothes officers (easy to spot), and building security, they peacefully displayed banners and signs:

End Gay Marriage -- Remove Marshall
End Judicial Tyranny
Marshall Not Impartial
Same-Sex Marriage is STILL NOT LEGAL

FIRST AMENDMENT ALERT: Plaques on the Pemberton Square/Center Plaza side of the courthouse declare that it is off limits to demonstrations, per order of the Courts Commission. Freedom of speech and assembly? Not at the Massachusetts Imperial Judicial Palace! Sounds like it's time for a protest on the Pemberton Square side of the building?