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Latest John Adams Items
Police say a southern Illinois woman has died after being shot in the head.
A southern Illinois man is being held without bond after authorities say he shot his wife in the head.
The subject in this thoughtful and highly readable biography is John Dickinson, "the most underrated of all the founders."
John Adams said, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion ... . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Prosecutorial abuse is a particularly pernicious example falling within the scope of Adams' warning. How can justice prevail when individuals are willing to allow political passion, fueled by an overriding commitment to a particular end, to twist the means by which that end is reached?
The Founders held religion-based virtue as essential for self-rule
There are many heroes in the story of the American Revolution, and the historian is at a loss to name the greatest of this first generation of Americans.
John Adams has been one of the best known and most admired composers of the past several decades. His famously minimalist yet emotionally maximalist music has served as an aggressive repudiation of the common stereotype that classical music is a form hopelessly stuck in a past in which wealthy patrons sit silently in lavishly appointed concert halls listening to the works of composers who lived centuries ago.
It should come as no surprise that President Obama told Ohio State University students at a graduation ceremony last week that they should not question authority and they should reject the calls of those who do.
John Adams got everything right except the date. "The Second Day of July 1776," he wrote to his wife, "ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."