“One useless man is a disgrace – two a law firm – Three or more a Congress” by President John Adams.
John Adams, the 2nd United States President and the subject of the a new ‘HBO Mini Series’.
Religion was very important to the President on a personal and professional level.
Adams operated from the premise of a puritan belief.
So, how did religion influence him professionally as well as personally?
Let’s take a look. He was noted as saying, that “Government was nothing more than the official organizations of the official contradictions, that we find in ones character.”
Meaning, he believed that man was as equally good and as he was bad. He felt that a person battled with evil and with demons — very much like the struggle of the little red devil with horns sitting on one shoulder an opposite him sits the angel strumming her harp — (should I or shouldn’t I)? Therefore, in order to curb these impulses which are only of a most human nature, we as a society needed social contracts.
“Never entrust any man with the power to endanger liberty,” by John Adams.
Adams was a strong proponent of the separation of church and state, even though his religion was very important to his everyday life. Are you aware because I was not that as president he ‘vetoed’ a bill to allocate funds to build a church on Capitol Hill that would aid in helping the poor, the underprivileged? Adams felt it was for a good cause no doubt, but sometimes all individuals must think and act for a greater good.
It’s been said that the former president was an independent thinker and to me the veto of that bill is definitely one of the proofs of it. He had such a great love for his faith and religion, that he could have easily succumbed. The late president often attended church services several times in one day. And, the demigods, the pastors and preachers sought him for out for political favors. He turned them down.
Religion played an important role in the election of the 1800’s. It set the standard for using religion as a politically divisive tool for today. No, they didn’t campaign very nicely. As a matter of fact it’s worst than today, at to me.
Campaign materials were distributed to bring down Thomas Jefferson, that he didn’t believe in ‘Freedom of Religion’ he believed in ‘Freedom from Religion’ and other literature was passed out stating lies about Monticello sacrificing dogs on an alter and animal like cult activities.
While on the other side, John Adams had materials distributed Vote for God and a Religious President or Vote Jefferson and no God! Yes, I’d say religion played an important role in the election of the 1800’s.