Chuck Frank


     History, in the year 1800 gave Americans the blueprint for “limited government” which was spearheaded at that time by none other than Thomas Jefferson who grabbed the Presidential election from Aaron Burr.  Yet, the backdrop of that Presidential contest serves as a reminder of what sadly transpires today in the present U.S. political climate and the contests between the “Progressive/Federalists” and those who favor a limited government which lends itself to more attention given to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and individual freedom across the board.

     California and New York are perfect examples of states that are likened to a federalist type of nation while bringing upon the populace, layer upon layer, thousands of laws and numerous fines, along with endless court proceedings, to where  individual freedoms are vanishing at light speed, along with Constitutional protections that were meant to protect the people with the Bill of Rights.

   Today, Federal and State agencies are sadly responsible for  a reign of power that fully oppresses the people, not only with regard to their basic individual freedoms but also their own livelihoods, families and their finances.  Looking through the window of history and President Thomas Jefferson, he had been very troubled by much that had occurred during John Adams’ presidency and was convinced that radicals within Adams’ Federalist Party were waging war against what he called the “spirit of 1776—goals that the American people had hoped to attain by the Revolution. He had earlier characterized Federalist rule as a “reign of witches,” insisting that the party was “adverse to liberty” and “calculated to undermine and demolish the republic.”

     If the Federalists prevailed, he believed, they would destroy the states and create a national government every bit as oppressive as that which Great Britain had tried to impose on the colonists before the revolution of 1776.  In reference to that period , Jefferson would later say that the “form” of America’s government could very well be determined in the election of 1800 and would decide the “principles” of the country.  His fervency about this topic rang loud and clear in his writings and it is quoted here.

     “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of Man.”  And are not those who are in the “limited government” camp often referred to as Constitutionalists and are the very ones that are now fighting for the very same values that Thomas Jefferson had shared with the people in his own time?   Jefferson was not alone in believing that the election of 1800 was crucial. On the other side of the coin, Federalist Alexander Hamilton, who had been George Washington’s secretary of treasury, believed that it was a contest to save the new nation from “the fangs of Jefferson.”  And Hamilton agreed with a Federalist newspaper essay which argued that defeat for Jefferson meant happiness, while the Constitution and present laws faced endless and irretrievable ruin if Hamilton did not win the election. Federalists and Republicans appeared to agree on one thing only: and that was the victor in 1800 would set America’s course for generations to come, and perhaps forever.

     Summing all of this up, one finds that the old federalist formula, or to put it another way, the hundreds of Federal agencies of today that dictate to the states exactly what brand of tyranny shall be used to accomplish the master plan, is truly quite reflective of what Thomas Jefferson had feared, which, in the end, was the loss of sovereignty by the states and the people!  And these very fears surely have already taken its toll upon the American people while the various states foolishly relinquished their power to the monster of federalism which fully lacks the kind of representation which was envisioned by the founders and the colonists. 

It is time to seriously reflect upon the real issues of today which includes over regulation that continues to place more and more of the American people in chains. 

It is time to set the captives free.