The Original American Malcontent

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Alien and Sedition Acts

    In the summer of 1798, the Federalists, under John Adams, were in political control of the United States. Still, there remained many politically active Republicans, which the Federalist party considered a threat. So, in order to crush political dissent, the party's majority in Congress passed a group of bills known collectively as the Alien and Sedition Acts.
    These laws were eventually overturned because they violated the U.S. Constitution,  this should give us hope that eventually clarity and common sense will prevail and we will be able to undo the Patriot Act and the expanded powers of the Federal government, thereby returning to at least the illusion of Liberty.


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