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« Reply #150 on: August 02, 2018, 05:38:39 pm »
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VOL. X | December, 1791


"Monarchic"

Our opposition has become no more than a mere echoing of "Monarchy!" in response to all that we do. Not only is it saddening the lack of creativity those of Whig, Republican, and "Patriot" affiliation have, but also in the childish simplicity of their mindsets.

It has been lobbied against us since the introduction of the National Bank Act -- an Act designed to manage our economy, create a stable currency, and alleviate our debts -- that us Hamiltonians are toeing a thinly veiled British line.

"The Bank is a British institution!" Is a rallying cry among these self-righteous Factions. Let's, however, take a closer look at our institutions to see where they actually come from.

The Assembly from which I serve you is merely a copy of the British Parliament with a new American name. If my opponents are so in-favour of shunning all British institutions, perhaps they'd like to abolish Parliament as well? I certainly don't see any calls for that. Our Parliament was adopted on this model simply because it is a model that works. We see that today in our functioning Democracy, and we will see that in the future. If another nation does something that works, is it a sin to call upon our United States to adopt it for our own security?

While my political opponents accuse me of treating the American people as a mindless lot, they certainly have not done any self-reflection lately. Their base, unfound, and flimsy lies are an affront to the intelligence of all politically engaged Americans, and are truly a stain upon the basis of this Democratic system.

This Bank, with democratically elected Directors from its Shareholders, the ability for the American people to buy stock and save money, and Federal oversight, is set up to be a tool for the nation and for the people. Cries of it being a self-serving cartel of the wealthy are misguided. The men who shall own this bank and run this bank are yourselves, the American people.

Yes, this bank will cost money to implement, but we as a Nation must make an investment into solving our financial crisis. Spending no money may make us deficit free, but it does not make us a functioning Nation. We must invest in our economy, our states, and our people to be a truly free and strong United States. Why my peers in our Assembly fear that will continue to be beyond me.

If you wish to see your Nation's -- and your personal -- supply of money grow, your states to be liberated of debt, and for your Nation to be secure, then stand in support of the American Bank.
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« Reply #151 on: August 05, 2018, 09:56:21 pm »

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The FARMERS' PARTY has been established, the new representative of those people, who make up the core of these United States. The leadership of the Western faction, most notably Gen. James WILKINSON, have concluded that it is not only in the West that the common people yearn for political representation. The Farmers' Party exists to advance the interests of the American yeoman, whose independent and self-reliant spirit exemplifies the particular attitudes which make these United States so resistant to aristocracy and tyranny.

The Farmers' Party stands opposed to all legislation which favors the Southern planters on one hand, and the bankers and financiers of the North on the other. Both classes strive to establish an aristocracy, and come into conflict only over the proper composition of the aristocrats. The Farmers' Party, by contrast, opposes aristocracy and monarchism in all its forms.

As a consequence, the Farmers' Party stands foremost for the preservation of human liberty. While it is essential that a national government exists for our protection and security, it must not be permitted to trample upon the rights of the individual or of the states, and it must represent all men equally, without regard to their standing or property. It must not be permitted to maintain armies in times of peace, and the people must be constantly vigilant against other encroachments upon their liberties.

Essential to the fulfillment of this American experiment is the continued furnishing of new lands, that may allow any man of virtue to make his own fortune, lest the East continue to grow denser and denser, and the yeoman farmer be destroyed. The settlement of the West is a chief priority, as is the integration of the Indian into our society — or the displacement of such men, should they refuse to recognize the virtues of civilization.

The Farmers' Party represents not only farmers, but all good republican men who work to provide for their own subsistence. It counts among its founders farmers, small merchants, storekeepers, artisans, mechanics, teachers, lawyers, doctors, parsons, and military men. All recognize, however, that it is the farm, not the plantation and not the bank, which is central to the vitality of these United States.
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« Reply #152 on: August 06, 2018, 06:44:46 pm »


From  THURSDAY,   FEBRUARY  2,—to  MONDAY,  FEBRUARY  6,   1792.



MR. ADAMS' REMARKS ON THE BANK.
Mr. Adams has lately made the following address to the National Assembly, concerning the resolution by Mr. Morris for the establishment of a national Bank.

     In his remarks on the offered legislation, the gentleman from Pennsylvania enters several novel arguments for its adoption, which may not be allowed to remain uncorrected. I do not wish to malign the character of their proposer, or his motives, which I am sure, and will believe until forced to conclude otherwise, are pure. Nevertheless, the arguments submitted are, in their substance and accidents, totally false—whether from ignorance or intent I will not speculate—for which reason I offer my rebuttal.
     On the British character of the Bank, the gentleman has little to say, except to affirm what is already commonly known, namely, that he looks to the British system of politics and society as a model by which to transform his own Country. This admiration, says he, is of uniquely American character: for our Constitution is itself an unremarkable plagiarism of the British political system. With this thesis, he reveals himself a man whose theoretical comprehension of the British system of politics is rivaled in its complexity by that of a child. His thesis, that our National Assembly is, in its essence, a ‘mere copy’ of the English Legislature, is so absurdly simplistic that even the most cursory examination of our respective forms of Government may at once disprove it. Whereas the Members of Parliament are chosen from districts corrupted and rotted by age, some with only a dozen or so inhabitants, their boundaries drawn to satisfy their incumbents designs to re-election, the constituencies of our National Assembly are founded on a fair and reliable Census, equal in population, and revised once decennially to reflect the actual state of the country and her inhabitants. The result, is that while the British Parliament is a farce of self-Government, as removed from the voice of the people as man from his Creator after the Fall, our Congress is the choice and the servant of her constituents, answerable to their wants and opinions, and subject to regular and democratic review.
     Our methods of proceedings are as different from those of the Parliament of Great Britain as is our President from the Sultan of Turkey. Our Senate is not a hereditary house of Lords, but an assembly of worthies, free Citizens chosen at regular intervals according to the votes of the constituent Legislatures. Our President does not ride in a gilded carriage, attended by courtiers, to address the Parliament from a throne, but the humble Citizen of a Republic, chosen not by heredity but by the votes of his neighbors, their servant, and not he theirs. Where the constituent Dominions of the United Kingdom withhold nothing in rights from the central Legislature, our States retain their independence and sovereignty after the advent of federal Power. And while the office of prime Minister is universally considered to not even exist by the authorities on British constitutional Law, or if it does to be a grave affront to the British Constitution, our first Secretary is established prominently in our federal Charter, with powers and duties clearly prescribed by Law.
     It is, in short, the British and American systems of Government are as different in their substance and accidents as to make such a statement, as to the effect that our federal system is in any way a copy of the British Constitution, an absurd and ignorant falsehood. What resemblances exist, between our form of Government and theirs, are so superficial and vulgar as to compare the governments of any two states on the face of the Earth. If the gentleman had observed, that the English Constitution were a mere copy of the Turkish Sultanate, because both have a Monarch and administer a large Empire, he would be denounced as a fool, though he would be no more wrong than he is now.
     The gentleman then states, with a similar veracity, that the Directors of the Bank will be democratically elected—by the shareholders of the Bank itself. His own sentence betrays him, as a contradiction of terms. Democracy—from Greek, demokratia—is by definition the ‘rule of the common people;’ yet it is not the people who will elect the Directory of this Bank, but the class of financiers and speculators who compose a tiny elite in but a few of our constituent States. To declare such a process approaches anything resembling democracy, is to accuse the Estates-General of France, the Court of the Imperial Csar, and the Monarchies of the Barbary States of democracy. In his frequent invocation of the word to describe systems and forms not remotely resembling the Constitution of Athens, the gentleman shows himself to be either a bad liar, or a bad scholar.
     He protests that the government of the Bank will be carried out by the people, according to their inclinations; either he has never met a man whose income was less than $3,000 a year, or he is engaged in a deception so bold it is shocking even to speak of it. The Bank will be governed by its shareholders, in short, by the monied interests: bankers and speculators and hawking financiers. It will be responsive only to them, because it is accountable only to them. The States, the people, the National Assembly are to have no voice in the direction or management of this monstrosity. The inevitable result, is the establishment of an Aristocracy of wealth, of who the financial policy of the United States is the exclusive domain and possession. It may not be expected that the whole or even the majority of Americans should be qualified as shareholders; even less likely that such a minority shall include equal parts Northerners and Southerners, merchants and yeomen. The directors of the Bank are to be chosen in practice by and from the monied interest, and therefore the monetary policy is to be surrendered to a distinct minority whose constitution is entirely unrepresentative of the general public; in short, it is not a public organ, but a private one. An administration is not accountable to the people, unless it may be removed by the people—the whole people, not only those who reap their living investing the earned fortunes of other men.
     If his previous arguments may cause us to wonder whether the gentleman from Pennsylvania is at all acquainted with the law and history which he invokes, what follows would seem to indicate, that his obsession with increasing the power of the central Authority has blinded him to the true nature of civil self-Government. He protests the Bank is necessary, because only by its finance may the Country find sufficient funds for such needful measures and internal improvements as to strengthen the bands of Union. This is plainly not so. Whatever the promoters of this scheme in Congress may say, it was not the States, but the central government, which proved least able to maintain a stable currency in the last Confederation. Likewise, it is the State banks, and not the monstrosity that a National Bank must be, that are both more dependable and more responsive to the wants and needs of the people. The gentleman seems to believe that only by the total elimination of State power, in favor of the increase of federal Authority, may stable markets and sound national currency be established. Yet there is no reason, why the necessary functions with which he invests this Bank may not be answered by the Treasury or the Mint, and the others devolved upon the States, who by their nature and proximity to the people are best suited to meet the immediate needs of the country. The one difference between this program, and the proposed scheme of a National Bank, is that the former is founded upon institutions democratically elected and responsive to the whole people and all the States, while the latter is separate from all oversight by the States or the National Assembly, and is appointed by only part of the people.
     No republican system may exist, but that the coinage of legal currency is controlled by the legislature and the responsible ministers of the Government. Yet the considered legislation would vest this power in an unelected directory responsible, not to the States or the votes of the people, but to the monied interest of the country—who are themselves answerable to their British creditors. The effect of this policy is to remove from the National Assembly control of the Union’s supply of currency, and to place it in the hands of the interested class whose fortunes and livelihoods are directly dependent on the merchant class of Great Britain. It is no difficult conclusion to reach, that they will therefore be more inclined to decide according to their own interests—to the satisfaction of their creditors—before the national interest, with predictable results for the welfare of the Country.
     A Bank, in summary, by very definition of its being, exists for the benefit of its creditors. The creditors of this Bank are not to be the American people, as the gentleman from Pennsylvania insists, but a fraction of them: the financial class. A National Bank, will therefore benefit the monied interest—and their creditors, the merchant class of Great Britain—at the expense of depriving the inhabitants of America of their Liberty, and the States of their sovereignty. The aim of any republican Constitution should be to produce balance between the States and the federal Power, between Northern and Southern members, between the many and the few. This bill proposes to disrupt the balance of our Union by shifting the scales in favor of the latter, at the expense of the former. Such a policy may not be admitted, and all Whigs, indeed all thinking men, must find in it a policy wholly unsuited for this Country.
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« Reply #153 on: August 06, 2018, 07:51:38 pm »


The Patriot Star

Vol. XII
February 7th, 1792

James Jackson on current events in the Nation.

The following speech was given by James Jackson on the Floor of the National Assembly, speaking of events that have occurred in his absence.

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« Reply #154 on: August 06, 2018, 10:07:37 pm »

The Patriot Star

Vol. XIII
February 29th, 1792

Gunn's Betrayal of the South.

Today, we the Editors of the Patriot Star come to the people of the South with terrible news.  It appears that Governor James Gunn has fallen ill with a madness similar to that of William Blount, and has betrayed the values of the people he represents as Governor in the creation of his "centre" party. 

In this madness, he has chosen to compromise with men such as John Jay, who would see the institution of slavery extinguished and the Southern economy destroyed, by falling in opposition to the slave trade.  He wishes to make such a blatant about face on this issue by yielding to the Tories, perhaps in a vain attempt to win favor with them.  Instead he has betrayed the whole south by abandoning it on the slave trade, which is vital in bringing new slaves into slave states, such as South Carolina and Gunn's own state of Georgia. 

Mr. Gunn has also chosen in his madness to yield to the Hamiltonians with his support of a "living constitution", which is most certainly meaning he wishes to support measures growing the National Government, such as the hideous National Bank Act.  It is almost certain that such moves will mean an increase in taxation, meaning that Mr. Gunn has betrayed his record in the Assembly and his values as a whole in the interests of compromising with opponents of the values of Self Government, Limited Government, and States' Rights.

James Gunn has fallen into a madness betraying the values of the Patriot Party, The South, and his own values, clearly in the interests of power and in gaining favor with the British Tory and Hamiltonian factions.  We urge the people of Georgia and the South as a whole to immediately reject this madman and his party, lest the South find itself sold away by a new Benedict Arnold.

May Mr. Gunn enjoy his 30 bank notes painted of silver, for he shall enjoy no home within any office in Georgia as long as the Patriots stand in protection of Georgia's values.

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« Reply #155 on: August 06, 2018, 10:22:57 pm »

The Centrist Journal
Vol. I
March 1782
A United America, A Strong America

   Over the past few years as I served in the national assembly then now as Governor of the Great State of Georgia, I have seen the toll that divisive partisanship has taken on this great nation. Before General Washington passed on, he warned our nation of this and the toll it would take on this new nation. This is why I have decided to leave my former faction, even though I keep much of the same viewpoints, I have created the Centre party which the main goal is to keep America united with centrist ideas, unlike the radical ideas that have started to tear this country apart.

The main viewpoints of this newly established party are as follows:

1. Uniting America is our main goal with the creation of the new party as I have written above. Already within days of the parties start, we were able to see very clearly the partisanship that is tearing this country apart when the Patriots decided to smear us and spread lies instead of listening to our ideas. Deputy Jackson claims that I am siding with the radical Hamiltonians and Tories which is very untrue, the only people that Centre party stands with is the American people and the only party we stand against is a party that will create the partisanship that Washington warned us about in his dying days.

2. Equal representation between the north and the south so no state's delegation has more say than another. This was one of the main reason, while I was in the national assembly, pushed through the bill to move the capital from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia.

3. Cutting Spending and lower our debt. One of the reasons I and many other centrist who have been critical of the Madison government is because of the large increase in spending and Madison's terrible deal with Pennsylvania which largely increased our debt.

4. Protect Slavery. During my time in the national assembly, I continued to fight for the protection of slavery since it is a vital component of the southern economy. The Centre party will never let Radicals like Richard Bache and John Jay take away the rights to own slaves.

The Centre party will be running candidates across this country that promise to follow these ideals or endorse candidates with similar ideals.


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« Reply #156 on: August 06, 2018, 10:50:16 pm »

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Alexander Hamilton for Governor of New York


Alexander Hamilton, returned from his victories in Pennsylvania and Ohio, has announced his intention to stand for Governor of New York!

General Hamilton is a man of true integrity; a man who has fought for this nation not just to free oursselves from the British, but also to ensure the stability of our Union. A man of true integrity, the man who safeguarded our Union and the right-hand man of George Washington, General Hamilton hopes you will come out to support him this year


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« Reply #157 on: August 07, 2018, 12:22:00 am »


At a time when Traitors walk the halls of Congress,
and iron-fisted Morrises beat the body of Liberty,
Vote WHIG
for a delegation most loyal to Pennsylvania;



Del. Richard BACHE,
who had boxed with Nero Madison and WON the Commonwealth PEACE and PROSPERITY.
His endless LOYALTY to Pennsylvania is matched only by the late Hero FRANKLIN.




The good Doctor Benjamin RUSH,
whose expertise and infinite wisdom had HEALED the brave soldiers during our Revolution for liberty,
a most WISE man, who has shared his knowledge with the progeny of our Commonwealth.





Mr. Alexander J. DALLAS, Esq.,
a most loyal ally of the late Hero MIFFLIN, his righthand man in the governance of our great Commonwealth,
an ingeniously THRIFTY man in his ceaseless service to Pennsylvania.




Mr. Thomas McKEAN, Esq.,
a most prized legal mind, a fellow FATHER of our Revolution,
who has bestowed limitless jurisprudence in the defense of the LIBERTIES of our Commonwealth.




General Edward HAND,
who had so bravely fought for the FREEDOM and safety of Pennsylvania,
the HERO Washington's most trusted ally – and now a servant of the County of LANCASTER.
This heroic Man was the SAVIOUR of our Commonwealth from British tyranny.



THE CHOICE BETWEEN FREEDOM AND FEDERALIST TYRANNY IS CLEAR.
VOTE WHIG;
 for LOYALTY to the CONSTITUTION,
for LOYALTY to the COMMONWEALTH,
for LOYALTY to the PEOPLE.

All else is surrender.



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« Reply #158 on: August 07, 2018, 10:17:04 am »

The Centrist Journal
Vol. II
March 1782
A United America, A Strong America

  This article will be regarding my recent impeaching as the Governor of Georgia. My view of this country is a democracy where our parties and factions work together to move our nation forward. Sadly that is not the view of Deputy Jackson and the Patriots in the Georgian Assembly who choose to put petty partisanship in front of bipartisanship. During my time in office, I enjoyed high approval from my legislators until I decided to remove my self from the toxic party created by Deputy Jackson. This is why two deputies in the national assembly decided to leave the Patriot party and one from the Whig party, which has become much more radical, to join the centre party that is committed to uniting this nation.

In my final days in office, I tried to pass the anti-literacy laws which would have banned slave owners from teaching slaves to read which would have made sure that we don't end up with slave revolts in Georgia. Let it be known that the Patriots are the party that ended this legislation by removing me from office.

The Patriot party is not the party of the south, it is the party of partisanship. Hopefully, with how much it is divided now it may not last much longer. At least we all hope.


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« Reply #159 on: August 07, 2018, 05:48:55 pm »

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A RIDDLE.

Who honesty hates, and impatiently waits,
For a crown to be set on his temple?
Who Sanity mocks, whenever he talks,
And whose store of cured falsehoods is ample?

I'll tell you in One: 'tis mad Old James Gunn,
The late-disgraced King of fair Georgia;
Who distributes deceits, to whomever he meets,
And whose manners resemble a boar-a.
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« Reply #160 on: August 07, 2018, 07:02:49 pm »

Now is the time to Unite American

Vote Centre

No more Partianship in the halls of the national assembly


The Centre Party Leadership

Leader of the Centre Party
Gen. James Gunn of Georgia


New York Gubernatorial Candidate
Gen. Morgan Lewis of New York


This pamphlet will be handed out to people in Georgia and New York
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« Reply #161 on: August 08, 2018, 09:40:16 pm »

The Pennsylvania Gazette
On the Merger

I understand that the recent developments in Baltimore may have left many wondering if this is the same Richard Bache who had been elected to Congress just one short year ago. Let me assure you that, not only am I the same humble and loyal servant of the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that I was one year ago, the people of Pennsylvania stand only to benefit from the recent wedding of the Radical and Whig factions.

I would have thought that, over the course of the previous four years, the loyalty of the Radicals to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania would be realized as unshakeable. As such, I, and the rest of the Radicals, would never take any measure that does not advance the interests of the people of Pennsylvania. There is no reason to expect that the Radical faction had, in its union to the Whigs, turned its back on Pennsylvania.

Instead, we have multiplied its political power. By our entrance into the Whig Party, we have pushed it to be the primary party of government – greatly stymying Nero's ability to inflict wounds upon our Commonwealth. Now, by holding the reins of government, we can better protect the interests and liberties of the people of Pennsylvania. And it is not to say that we will be rubber-stamps for the government in voting, either. We remain equal partners in the Whig alliance – and so will have our own voice in opposition to tyrannical policies that men like Madison or Morris may try to pass within the halls of Congress.

The Radical faction is not dead – and neither is its loyalty to the Commonwealth and people of Pennsylvania. We will not stop working to advance the will of the people, we will not stop fighting against the oppressive push of government against liberty, we will never surrender!

- Richard Bache, most loyal servant of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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« Reply #162 on: August 08, 2018, 11:03:03 pm »

VOL. XI | 1792


To Pennsylvania

To Pennsylvania, your decision tonight could not be more important. With the formation of our nation's first political parties, the true colors of our Factions have been shown in who we have chosen to associate ourselves with.

Do not be fooled by the Radical Whigs. Though the Radicals have chosen to disguise themselves in a more "acceptable" party banner, their message -- and the Whigs by extension -- remains the same as it was during the great Westsylvanian Crisis. A party wholly ruled by self-interest, let us never forget that the Radicals and their ilk let our state burn while they celebrated in luxury. The Whig party has become a mutant beast, both too arrogant to understand the needs of the people, and malicious enough to watch its nation burn without batting an eye.

The Hamiltonian Party, strongest in the Congress and Senate, remains the only reasonable choice for future-minded Pennsylvanians. Our politics are about growth and peace -- evidenced in our push, even as the opposition, to resolve the Westsylvania Crisis with pen, and acting with sword to create peace. It has also been shown in our unyielding support for our national military, which sees too many good man unpaid for their duties to our nation -- a cause that other parties have been reluctant to support. If they shall shun our national heroes, who can we entrust to protect our liberties?

The Hamiltonians have also emerged singular on the issue of finance -- an issue that every other party has been too weak to address. Though our ideas are bold, our crisis requires them. When no other party will act, the Hamiltonians have proven unmatched in our dedication to fighting for these United States, no matter how difficult the issue.

May you vote your conscience this election. May you vote for the future of these United States, and for these states of Pennsylvania and Westsylvania. May you vote for the Hamiltonians, and allow our nation to rise to greatness.
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« Reply #163 on: August 09, 2018, 11:15:22 am »

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« Reply #164 on: August 09, 2018, 11:58:37 am »

VOL. XII | 1792


Federalists, Forward!

It is with great pleasure that I write to you this morning of a resounding Federalist victory in my home state of Pennsylvania. It appears our decision to only field four candidates was a modest one, as all of them were elected to our National Assembly! Let victories such as this remind you that the tone-deaf Whig-Radicals are supported only by themselves, and that as unfaltering as their attacks against our Party may be, it is only out of desperation that they make them.

I do come to you, however, with more disappointing news -- that of the rejection of our National Bank. When it became clear that it would not be a friendly act in the Congress of mainly anti-government forces, I urged my colleagues to propose alternatives, any solution that might be more friendly to resolving our national debts. None were offered. Gentlemen, we cannot fix this country's financial crisis alone, but it still appears as if we must. As long as other parties remain too weak-minded to introduce and pass financial reform, it is the Federalists that must still lead the way.
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« Reply #165 on: August 09, 2018, 11:53:17 pm »

On the Warre Levied Upon the People by the Whigs
A Pamphlet by the Western Faction

Those demoniacal Radicals who now style themselves "Whigs" have introduced, in the National Assembly, a Tax on the consumption of Whiskey. This Tax, if levied upon the people of this Union, is most dangerous to the Liberty of Freedmen. These Exorbitant, not to mention unlawful Fees, included in the enormous Encrease of the Tax, are Evils of which no Person can be insensible. The Farmers' Party shall work tirelessly to undo these sad Calamities, and shall not Cease until all men are once again Free.

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« Reply #166 on: August 10, 2018, 06:03:41 pm »


From  THURSDAY,   JULY  5,—to  MONDAY,  JULY  9,   1792.



ACTS PROPOSED IN CONGRESS.
Since the fortuitous defeat of the Bank, has it been asked commonly enough how the Government may go about answering the pernicious question of the Debt. Those among the Federalist party have frequently posed that no answer may be given, but that it should mass power in the central Authority, and that no solution may be devised, to secure the credit of the United States, but that it should place the monied interest at the head of the Country. Other, honest, Citizens have likewise been given considerable cause to wonder, whether any solution could be devised that did not compromise either their Liberty or the republican character of the Union.
     There is lately introduced in the National Assembly, by no less a personage than Mr. Adams, a Bill, to resolve these inquiries and restore the faith, credit, and prosperity of the United States by three measures designed to remedy the problem of the debt while imposing only the most minimal burden upon the inhabitants of the Country. The first of these, is the establishment of an independent central Treasury, founded upon the principle of total separation of the Country's finances from the corrupting speculation of the monied interests. All parties informed on the matter must pronounce this a most necessary and proper innovation. The Treasury shall have full authority, according to such provisions as may be by Law established, to regulate the value and circulation of the national currency, and to oversee the collection of such duties and fees as may from time to time be levied by the National Assembly. In this way, the Government ensures the strength and stability of the national currency, without which promise all hope for the future prosperity of these States may be abandoned. In this way, the Treasury resembles in function the public mission of the Morrisonian Bank; yet where the Bank was responsive only to its creditors, and they to the British merchant class, the Treasury will answer to the Government and the National Assembly, and they to the States. So the principle of the separation of powers is maintained, without compromising either the rights of the States, or the security of the federal finances.
     The second of the three Acts, concerns itself with the expansion of trade with the States of Europe, by the ratification of commercial agreements with Denmark and Portugal. New England in particular must benefit from this, for our merchant ships will now find friendlier reception in the ports of Europe. The treaties further ensure that we shall not be beholden to the whims of the British merchant class, and add to our friends among the powers of the Old World. Thirdly and finally, the Acts achieve a significant increase in revenues, by a moderate increase in the Tariff, and an equally modest duty on distilled spirits. While the gibbering lunatics who count themselves the low friends of General Wilkinson may protest the last of these measures, it is neither excessive nor unnecessary. Without revenue, the Government will be unable even to furnish the interest owed on our debt, let alone cause its decrease; and should they fail in this, our credit will be ruined, the value of our currency decimated, and the hoped-for prosperity of these States will be reduced to ashes. Not only the merchants, but the tradesmen and farmers will suffer the hideous effects of depression, starvation, and general want. No State or power worthy of the name shall trade with us; we shall be unable to pay our soldiers, and the frontier will fall to the Indians and their British allies; and then the Government itself will fall into the hands of some foul Tyrant, promising bread and broth in exchange for the people's Liberty. The duty proposed is therefore the most stoutly republican of measures, by which the Government may be maintained and the Debt paid at little cost to the people.
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