Samuel Adams: Father of the Revolution

"Father of the Revolution" -- Samuel Adams

Liberty Letters with Steve Farrell

As I have noted before, Samuel Adams was one of the first victims of the historical revisionism of that socialist class of left-leaning historians who took pen and ink to that unholy cause of undermining the moral strength of the American Revolution. Their task? Reduce the character of its leading men to that of a power-hungry, money-hungry crop of low-lives, who were every bit as immoral as the their socialist sponsors who put them up to this dirty task. Why? Because one of the key points in overthrowing the existing order is to insure that the rising generation deplore the principles, beliefs, and character of its founders.

Thus Sam Adams, dubbed by his fellows “The Father of the Revolution” was first to fall, and in short order became nothing more than a beer drinking rabble-rouser who, like that diabolical Communist founder Karl Marx, believed that the ends justify the means, and thus a man who would claim anything and do anything to come to power, who in sum had as much intellectual and moral capacity as an attack dog, if that (an opine they took from America’s enemies in Britain and turned it into undeniable fact).

But as the following will indicate, along with the hundreds of other accounts and letters The Moral Liberal will be providing in the coming months and years, Samuel Adams was not so thought of  by his fellow founders – they who knew him best – nor the historians closer to the events that founded America, the greatest, freest, most prosperous nation in the long, long history of this Earth.

And well, those historians were raised on “thou shalt not lie,” not Marx’s “that which farthers the cause of the revolution, that is moral.”

From Samuel Fallows 1898 book, Samuel Adams: A Character Sketch, we learn in today’s Liberty Letter a hint in regards to the Real Sam Adams. Writes Fallows:

Boston, the largest city in America in 1740, was considered, as we have seen, the storm center of the Revolution, and the moving spirit in the stirring events taking place, was Samuel Adams, justly termed “The Father of the Revolution.”

Says Wendell Phillips, “A demagogue rides the storm, he has no ability to create one. He uses it narrowly, ignorantly, and for selfish ends.”

Not a demagogue, but a true statesman was Samuel Adams. He not only created a storm such as had never before been seen in the realm of George the Third, but he triumphantly rode it.

He did not use it narrowly, but for the good of a continent and the world. He did not use it ignorantly, but with a wisdom never before surpassed. He did not use it selfishly, for no patriot was more disinterested in the services he rendered his country.

For the conspicuous position which he was to occupy before the world he brought a rare combination of sterling qualities. He possessed natural wit and genuine eloquence that fitted him for any audience. He wielded a ready pen and could put into clear, compact and sturdy English, easily comprehended by the common mind, his calm or burning thoughts.

He conducted the first political newspaper published in Boston which, long before the Revolution, proclaimed itself the champion of the rights and liberties of mankind.

He mastered thoroughly the principles of the English Constitution, and in his fearless application of them to the poor and lowly, to those “who wore a leathern cap or a worsted apron,” he received the proud appellation of “The Tribune of the people.”

Keen intelligence, a fascinating personality, persuasive talk, indomitable courage, spotless integrity, unwearied energy, unselfish devotion, broad sympathy, with an unshaken faith in God and the divine decrees, were among the elements of his massive strength and commanding influence.

He had, too, the peculiar instinct of genius that led him to acts, which, as Voltaire said, “foolish men call rash, but wise men brave.”

The sternness of his purpose and the austerity of his religiousness won for him the name of “The Last of the Puritans.” It was a happy conjunction to link the two names together, “The Father of the Revolution” and “The Last of the Puritans,” in the one who best embodied the spirit of the American contest for political and religious freedom.

“Sam Adams,” says Edwin D. Mead, “was simply a man of the English Commonwealth moved another century down the line of history. He was simply another John Hampden, or better a John Pym, doing his work under American conditions a hundred years later.”

But though he was deemed strait-laced in his theological belief, lie was just as liberal in his political creed. He was at once a Jeffersonian and a Calvinist.

There were men who found fault with him because of his broad, democratic principles, and because of his tenacity and energy in maintaining them. But “white livered indifference is always disgusted and annoyed with earnest conviction.”

He was the animating spirit of that band of immortal Americans of whom John Hancock said “we shall never grow weary of speaking.”

All were indebted to him, for sympathy, counsel or the helping hand extended to them.


Liberty Letters is a project of The Moral Liberal’s Editor In Chief, Steve Farrell. Copyright © 2012 Steve Farrell.


Source: Samuel Adams: A Sketch, 1898, by Samuel Fallows, D.D.LL.D. Chancellor, The University Association, pgs. 14-16.


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