Rockstars of the Revolution: Samuel Adams

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By Ira Stoll

When I started researching my book, Samuel Adams: A Life, I had a vague idea that Samuel Adams was among the most determined and steadfast of all the founders. That turned out to be true – at moments when others in the revolutionary cause gave up, wanted to compromise, or took a break, Samuel Adams forged ahead and fought on, even though he faced death if captured by the British. He was sustained by his faith that God would be on the side of the revolutionaries if they acted worthy of His aid.

As I researched the book, I found that Samuel Adams is fascinating and relevant to today for many other reasons as well. He had a surprisingly difficult family life. He was one of only three of 12 children in his family to survive past age 2. Infant mortality overall was higher then, but even by the standards of the day, his family had it rough. After Samuel Adams married, only two of the six children the couple had survived. From the death of his first wife in 1757, until his remarriage in 1764, Samuel Adams took care of his two young children on his own.

He was one of the poorest of the founding fathers — so poor that when he first went off to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, the people of Boston had to take up a collection to buy him a new suit. “I glory in being what the World calls, a poor Man,” he wrote to his wife. She wrote back that she was short of cash.

Adams played a significant, even a central role in founding our country — a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he gave the order to begin the Boston Tea Party and gave the name to the Boston Massacre.

He was a genius at mass communications, using newspapers, “committees of correspondence” that wrote letters from town to town, public speeches, parades, and rallies, and just about any other method of communication available at the time. He was an opponent of slavery, refusing to accept a slave he was given as a gift, and helping to pass a resolution in the Massachusetts House of Representatives banning the slave trade, which he called “odious” and “abhorrent.” The British-appointed governor vetoed it.

The father of a daughter named Hannah, Samuel Adams opened the way to the inclusion of girls in Massachusetts’ public schools.

Though he began his public career as an elected tax collector for the town of Boston, earning his income as a percentage commission of what he collected, Samuel Adams would became leader of one of the greatest tax rebellions in the history of the world. I think that as a tax collector, he realized that people didn’t like paying taxes even when those taxes were imposed by a representative government, never mind when they were imposed by a remote king and a parliament they did not elect.

He played a key role in the Massachusetts convention that ratified the federal Constitution at a moment when it was unclear whether the Constitution would be ratified, and he pressed for an amendment that included elements of what would become the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution.

He is responsible for inventing Thanksgiving as an American national holiday, drafting a Congressional resolution of thanks to God following the American victory over the British in the battle of Saratoga. When Samuel Adams became governor of Massachusetts following the revolution, he declared so many days of thanksgiving and prayer that some of his younger and less religious political opponents joked that it would be a time for a real day of Thanksgiving when Samuel Adams finally retired.

Though Samuel Adams did eventually retire from politics, his influence and legacy are still with us today. And that, for those of us who love freedom, is a real reason for thanksgiving.

Ira Stoll is author of Samuel Adams: A Life and editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com.

The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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