By now, you may have heard the flap in the media because a certain congressional representative with presidential aspirations [Michele Bachmann] has made a reference to the sixth president of the United States [John Quincy Adams] in which she called him a “founding father.”
The immediate response by the lamestream media has been to castigate the congresswoman as another ill-educated conservative who does not know her American history. Even former Clintonista George Stephanopoulos has weighed in, attempting to humiliate her on national TV. But Ms. Bachmann has stuck to her guns.
The obvious response is to assert that Ms. Bachmann erred, mistaking John Quincy Adams for his father John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, one of the framers of our Constitution, first vice-president under George Washington, and second President of the United States.
It turns out however, that Bachmann may be correct in her characterization of John Quincy Adams as a founding father after all.
Consider the younger Adams’ resume/curricula vitae: Born in 1767, he graduated from the University at Leiden [Netherlands] at the age of 14 (ca. 1781-1782), and then served for the next three years as secretary to a delegation seeking recognition for the newly established independence of the colonies from the imperial court of Russia. In 1794, at the age of 26, he was appointed as our minister [the equivalent of an ambassador] to the Netherlands. This was during Washington’s term as president.
Wikipedia, while not always the best source, but in this case the citation is referenced, stated this about the founding fathers:
“The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were political leaders and statesmen who participated in the American Revolution by signing the United States Declaration of Independence, taking part in the American Revolutionary War, establishing the United States Constitution, or by some other key contribution. Within the large group known as the “Founding Fathers”, there are two key subsets: the “Signers of the Declaration of Independence” (who signed the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776) and the Framers of the Constitution (who were delegates to the Federal Convention and took part in framing or drafting the proposed Constitution of the United States).
“Most historians define the ‘Founding Fathers’ to mean a larger group, including not only the Signers and the Framers but also all those who, whether as politicians, jurists, statesmen, soldiers, diplomats, or ordinary citizens, took part in winning American independence and creating the United States of America.” [italics added for emphasis]
The last part of the citation is from a work by R.B. Bernstein, Distinguished Professor of Constitutional History at New York University Law School: The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). In this case, the article in wikipedia is citing one recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the field of Constitutional History.
John Quincy Adams, although a youth, clearly made significant contributions to the country’s establishment through his work in diplomacy from the very infancy of the country, and therefore, according to Bernstein’s broad definition of the term, merits inclusion in the group known as “Founding Fathers.”
Now, had Bachmann made the claim that John Quincy Adams was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence [he was only nine years old when it was signed], or that he was one of the framers of the Constitution, the arguments against her might have merit in my opinion, but she didn’t. She called him a “Founding Father,” a term, which, according to Bernstein, is perfectly appropriate in consideration of Adams’ contributions to the founding of the Republic.
The lame-stream media, has long since lost its reputation for presenting us with “Truth we can use.” Basically, it is a propaganda machine which serves no purpose except to advance a socialist agenda.
To find the truth, you have to look for the facts, and then, be careful when you present them because every liberal I’ve ever encountered operates from a mindset of: “My mind’s made up, don’t confuse me with facts!”