October 11, 2019


As I listen to television, read some local and national newspapers, surf the internet and talk to friends it seems that the world is in turmoil and heading into a crisis.


Then I came across several pages of a very old newspaper that my wife had from her family members going back many years, in this case “WASHINGTON “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable” dated Tuesday, September 21, 1841.


I started reading one page and came across a letter to the Editors of the National Intelligencer. The letter was signed by none other than JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. I have attached a copy of part of one page as the paper is old and very fragile and I am reading through the pages very carefully.


But I am sending this out to remind people that things have not really changed all that much in this wonderful country except that some people seem to have lost faith in our ability to reasonably discuss the wonderful founding principles on which this country is based. Some want to change the legal, social and economic principles that have made this country the envy of the world.


John Quincy Adams, as you know, was the son of President John Adams and he was the 6th US president (1825 to 1829), previously served as secretary of state, served as a Massachusetts US Senator and as a member of the US House of representatives after being president. He died in 1848 at the age of 80 from a stroke.


In the article headed by the caption “THE LOSS OF THE MAINE ELECTION” the article details how the Whigs lost. This was connected to the then President Tyler who became president after the sudden death of President Harrison in the spring of 1841.


Henry Clay, intending to keep party leadership in his own hands, minimized his nationalist views temporarily; Webster proclaimed himself “a Jeffersonian Democrat.” But after the election, both men tried to dominate “Old Tippecanoe.”

Suddenly President Harrison was dead, and “Tyler too” was in the White House. At first the Whigs were not too disturbed, although Tyler insisted upon assuming the full powers of a duly elected President. He even delivered an Inaugural Address, but it seemed full of good Whig doctrine. Whigs, optimistic that Tyler would accept their program, soon were disillusioned.

Tyler was ready to compromise on the banking question, but Clay would not budge. He would not accept Tyler’s “exchequer system,” and Tyler vetoed Clay’s bill to establish a National Bank with branches in several states. A similar bank bill was passed by Congress. But again, on states’ rights grounds, Tyler vetoed it.

In retaliation, the Whigs expelled Tyler from their party. All the Cabinet resigned but Secretary of State Webster. A year later when Tyler vetoed a tariff bill, the first impeachment resolution against a President was introduced in the House of Representatives. A committee headed by Representative John Quincy Adams reported that the President had misused the veto power, but the resolution failed.


IMPEACHMENT!! DOES ALL OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? We survived all this history and we will again, but we must come together and discuss our differences without changing our basic wonderful constitution and long established principles.

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