Charles Francis Adams


It seems as though our politicians never learn from the past. They continue to repeat the same mistakes of diplomacy with the same odious results. While they continue pay tribute money around the world to Muslim nations who wish our destruction. We the people continue to suffer with the dastardly results of their misguided and treacherous policies.

When you hear someone blaming America for the actions of Muslims and / or Islamic Terrorists, it is simply ridiculous and false. Muslims have been terrorizing, attacking and abusing their neighbors and others since the time of Mohammed, in fact Mohammed himself was the first and original Muslim terrorist. Mohammed was a murderer and ordered others to murder those he took issue with or who opposed him. Mohammed also married and had sexual relations with a 9 year old girl when he was in his 50’s, to say Islam is a religion of peace, is in any way holy, or that Mohammed was anything other than a barbarian is completely false and shows a lack of study and / or understanding of history! Everything the Islamic State is doing now, crucifying, beheading, burning, raping, terrorizing those who they are against is following the teachings of the Quran and following the example to founder of the Muslim, Islamic, so-called religion. It is not a religion, it is a perverse and sick ideology based on the lies of a false prophet and barbarian!

Being a believer in Christ Jesus and God the Father myself, when I want to follow the teachings of Jesus, or understand what I am called upon to do as a Christian, or when I want to follow a “True Christian” example. I do not look to the teachings, actions or words  of other Christians, or those who claim to be Christians. I look to the founder, (i.e. Christ Jesus) of the Christian religion and his teachings, words and actions.

I see the Muslim Islamic Terrorists do the same when they want to understand what their so-called religion calls upon them to do, they look to the words, teachings and actions of the founder (i.e. Mohammed) of the Islamic “faith”.

All anyone has to do to understand why there will never be peace among Muslims, or between Muslims and other people, need look no further than the Bible and the description given there of the fore-father (Ishmael) of the Arab, or Muslim  people. Description of Ishmael: Genesis 16: 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. [verse 12] And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

The authors of the National Standards for United States History wrote that, “We say that knowledge is power, but we have kept knowledge from millions of children, adolescents, and even college students.” It adds, No reason, it argues, is “more important to a democratic society than this: Knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence. Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been, what its core values are, or what decisions of the past account for present circumstances.”

“If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be…if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Charles Francis Adams

Charles Francis Adams

WHAT HISTORY TEACHES US ABOUT AMERICAN DIPLOMACY Addressed on Independence Day in 1876 by Charles Francis Adams, US Congressman, US Diplomat. The son of 6th United States President John Quincy Adams and grandson of 2nd United States President John Adams (1).

As early as the year 1785, two American vessels following their course peaceably over the ocean were boarded by ships fitted out by the Algerians, then occupying an independent position on the Mediterranean coast. The vessels were plundered and the crew, numbering twenty-one American freemen, taken to Algiers and sold for slaves.

Instead of protestation and remonstrance, and fitting out vessels of war to retort upon this insolent pirate, what did the government first do? What but to pray the assistance and intervention of such a feeble power as Sweden to help us out of our distress, and money was to be offered, not merely to ransom the slaves, but to bribe the barbarian not to do so any more. Of course, he went to work more vigorously than ever, and his demands became more imperious and exacting. The patience of the great Powers of Europe, whom he treated with little more deference, only furnished one more example of the case with which more audacity may for a time secure advantages which will never be gained by fair dealing and good will. To an American of to-day, it is inexpressibly mortifying to review the legislation of the country on this matter at that time. It appears that so early as the year 1791. President Washington, in the third year of his service, in his speech to Congress, first called the attention of that body to the subject. On the 15th day of December the Senate referred the matter to a committee, which in due course of time reported a resolution to this effect:

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent that the President take such measures as he may think necessary for the redemption of the citizens of the United States now in captivity at Algiers, provided—(mind you)—provided the expense shall not exceed $40,000.

Congress did not think of looking at the Declaration of Independence, but they passed the resolution. And what was the natural consequence? The consular officer established by the United States in Algiers on learning the result approved it, but added this significant sentence:

I take the liberty to observe that there is no doing any business of importance in this country without palming the ministry.

The logic of all this was, that the best way to keep our people free was to make it worth the while of this ministry to make not them slaves.

The natural consequence was that the cost of these operations ultimately exceeded $1,000,000, and the example had set the kindred Barbary powers in an agony for a share of the plunder. In February, 1802, the gross amount of expenditure to pacify these pirates and man-stealers had risen to $2,500,000, a sum large enough, if properly expended on a naval force, to have cleared them out at a stroke.

No wonder, then, that President Jefferson should presently begin to recur to his draft of the Declaration of Independence. Though never very friendly to the navy, he saw that freedom was at stake, hence in his annual message of 1803 he suggested fitting out a small force for the Mediterranean, in order to restrain the Tripoline cruisers, and added that the uncertain tenure of peace with several other of the Barbary powers might eventually require even a re-enforcement.

So said Jefferson to Congress—but his words were not responded to with promptness, and the evil went on increasing. The insolence of all the petty Barbary States only fattened by what it fed on, until the freedom of American seamen in the Mediterranean was measured only by the sums that could be paid for their ransom. There is no more ignominious part of our history than this.

Driven at last to a conviction of the impolicy of such a course President Madison, having succeeded to the chair of state, on the 23d of February, sent a message to Congress recommending a declaration of war. The two Houses which had become likewise convinced that money voted to that end would go further for freedom than any bribes, now responded promptly to the call. A naval expedition was sent out, and on the 5th of December, nine months after his adoption of the new policy, the President had a noble opportunity of reporting to the same bodies a triumphant justification of his measure. The gallant Decatur had established the law of freedom in this quarter forever.

[Editorial Note: The Founding Fathers had tried diplomacy and appeasement with the Treaty of Tripoli and payments of tribute, much the same way politicians are doing today, all to no avail. The Founding Fathers, Jefferson among the first, finally figured out you cannot appease fundamental Muslims or Mohammedeans; who follow the teachings and actions of the founder of Islam and the writer of the Koran, who changed his writings numerous times during his lifetime to reflect the different circumstances he found himself in at various times. The founders private writings about the potentates of the Barbary States, were quite different than their public ones.]

Mr. Madison tells the story in these words:

I have the satisfaction to communicate to you the successful termination of the war. The squadron in advance on that service under Commodore Decatur lost not a moment after its arrival in the Mediterranean in seeking the naval force of the enemy then cruising in that sea, and succeeded in capturing two of his ships. The high character of the American commander was brilliantly sustained on the occasion, who brought his own ship into close action with that of his adversary. Having prepared the way by this demonstration of American skill and prowess, he hastened to the port of Algiers, where peace was promptly yielded to his victorious force. In the terms stipulated, the right and honor of the United States were particularly consulted by a perpetual relinquishment by the Dey (Dey is the title given the rulers of the Regency of Algiers or Algeria and Tripoli under the Ottoman Empire) of all pretense of tribute from them.

The Dey subsequently betrayed his inclination to break the treaty, and ventured to demand a renewal of the annual tribute which had been so weakly yielded ; but the hour had passed for listening to feeble counsels. The final answer was a declaration that the United States preferred war to tribute, and freedom to slavery. They therefore insisted upon the observation of the treaty, which abolished forever the right to tribute or to the enslaving of American citizens.

There never has been since a question about the navigation of the Mediterranean, free from all danger of the loss of personal freedom. It is due to the Government of Great Britain to add that, following up this example, Lord Exmouth with his fleet at last put a final stop to all further pretenses of these barbarians to annoy the navigation of that sea. France has since occupied the kingdom of Algiers, and the abolition of slavery there was one of its early decrees. Thus has happened the liberation of that superb region of the world, the nursery of more of its civilization than any other, from all further danger of relapsing into barbarism. And America may fairly claim the credit of having initiated in modern times the law of personal freedom over the surface of that classical sea.

I have now done with the second example of the progress of the great principle enunciated in the celebrated scroll set forth a hundred years ago. America has contributed greatly to this result, but a moment was rapidly approaching when her agency was to be invoked in a region much nearer home. The younger generations now coming into life will doubtless be astonished to learn that not much more than a half a century ago there still survived a class of men harbored in the West Indies, successors of the bold buccaneers who, in the seventeenth century, became the terror to the navigation of those seas. They will wonder still more when I tell them that both ships and men were not only harbored in some ports of the United States, but were actually fitted out with a view to the plunder that might be levied upon the legitimate trade pursued by their own countrymen as well as people of all other nations, in and around the islands of the Caribbean Sea. That I am not exaggerating in this statement, I shall show by merely reading to you a short extract from a report made by a committee of the House of Representatives of the United States in the year 1821:

“The extent,” it says, ” to which the system of plunder is carried in the West India seas and Gulf of Mexico is truly alarming, and calls imperiously for the prompt and efficient interposition of the General Government. Some fresh instance of the atrocity with which the pirates infesting these seas carry on their depredations, ACCOMPANIED, TOO, BY THE INDISCRIMINATE MASSACRE OF THE DEFENSELESS AND UNOFFENDING, is brought by almost every mail— so that the intercourse between the northern and southern sections of the Union is almost cut off”

My friends, this picture, painted from an official source, dates back little more than fifty years ago! Could we believe it as possible that liberty and life guaranteed by our solemn declaration of 1776 should have been found so insecure in our own immediate neighborhood, at a time, too, when we were boasting in thousands of orations, on this our anniversary, of the great progress we had made in securing both against violence? And the worst of it all was that some even of our own countrymen should have been suspected of being privy to such raids. I shall touch this matter no further than to say that not long afterward adequate preparations were made to remove this pestilent annoyance, and to re-establish perfect freedom all over these waters, This work was so effectively performed in 1824, that from that time to this personal liberty has been as secure there as in any other best protected part of the globe.


Added because they do think we are stupid

Footnote: More on Charles Francis Adams, he spent much of his early life traveling with his parents in Europe. He returned in his adolescence to attend school in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating from Harvard University in 1825. He was chosen by Daniel Webster as a law student and while learning his trade wrote articles for the “North American Review.” After a few years in law he turned his hand to politics serving in both the Massachusetts House and Senate. In 1848, he made a run for the Vice Presidency on the Free Soil Party ticket. After losing this election he turned his hand to writing, publishing works of social commentary and as well as works about his grandfather. He eventually made it to Washington, DC ten years later, being elected as a Republican to represent Massachusetts’ 3rd District in the United States House of Representative in 1859. A month after the Civil War started, in May 1861 he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the crucial position of United States Ambassador to England, a position previously held by his grandfather. Charles F. Adams proved to be an excellent choice for this position; his skills helped keep the British from backing the Confederacy during the Civil War thus helping to ensure a Union victory. He remained in England as the ambassador until 1868, and later returned to England in 1871 as a part of a special envoy that successfully negotiated American Civil War damage claims against England (the so-called “Alabama Claims”, named for the Confederate commerce raider “CSS Alabama”). Adams changed political parties several times during his career and at one point considered a run for the Presidency under a new political party called the Liberal Republicans. After what he later conceded was a half hearted attempt to gain their nomination in 1872, he lost out to Horace Greeley. Offers were made again to him in 1876 by another party, but he turned these down without consideration. He also turned down a nomination for the Massachusetts Governorship. He retired to Boston to take up his career again as a writer focusing on the papers of his father. He also served as the chair of the Board of Overseers for Harvard University. Adams’ personal life, was, by his report, rewarding. While the Adamses were famous and respected, they did not necessarily have wealth. With his marriage to shipping heiress Abigail Brooks, Adams brought this into the family. He was able to use wealth obtained through her to remodel the family home and establish the first Presidential Library on behalf of his father and grandfather. He and Abigail had six children. Among them historian Brooks Adams, writer Henry Adams, and Civil War General and railroad executive Charles Francis, Jr.

See also:
Wide Spread And Growing Corruption In The Public Service Of The States And Nation
Joseph Baldwin: Address 1892, to National Teachers Association in New York
THE BEACON FIRES OF LIBERTY by Hon. George Lear July 4, 1876
THE GENIUS OF AMERICA by Hon. Dr. Felix R. Brunot July 4, 1876
True American Patriotism Defined by Hon. Curtis Guild and H. F. Kinnerney 1876
PATRIOT SONS OF PATRIOT SIRES by Rev. Samuel Francis Smith 1808-1895
LIBERTY OF THE PRESS by Senator Edward D. Baker 1811-1861