Book excerpt: seditions and insurrections are inseparable from politics

Pertinent to our recent situation, this is an excerpt from Federalist No. 28, on the question of whether to restrict the legislative authority (that is, Congress) in regard to common defense:

That there may happen cases in which the national government may be necessitated to resort to force, cannot be denied. Our own experience has corroborated the lessons taught by the examples of other nations; that emergencies of this sort will sometimes arise in all societies, however constituted; that seditions and insurrections are, unhappily, maladies as inseparable from the body politic as tumors and eruptions from the natural body; that the idea of governing at all times by the simple force of law (which we have been told is the only admissible principle of republican government), has no place but in the reveries of those political doctors whose sagacity disdains the admonitions of experimental instruction.

Should such emergencies at any time happen under the national government, there could be no remedy but force. The means to be employed must be proportioned to the extent of the mischief. If it should be a slight commotion in a small part of a State, the militia of the residue would be adequate to its suppression; and the national presumption is that they would be ready to do their duty. An insurrection, whatever may be its immediate cause, eventually endangers all government. Regard to the public peace, if not to the rights of the Union, would engage the citizens on whom the contagion had not communicated itself to oppose the insurgents; and if the general government should be found in practice conducive to the prosperity and felicity of the people, it were irrational to believe that they would be disinclined to its support.

(Emphasis added.) This number of the Federalist Papers was written by Alexander Hamilton, and published in the Independent Journal in the State of New York on Wednesday, December 26, 1787.

As with the misguided insurrectionists of January 6, the rioters in Portland and Seattle need to be forcefully convinced to stop their violent behavior, and prosecuted according to the law, not just for the safety and security of the immediate area suffering the rampages, but also for the good of the general community — local, state, and national.

Once peace and quiet are re-established, those in charge should take great pains to transparently investigate grievances, and to sponsor remedies where good cause exists and an effective remedy identified and agreed upon.

4 Comments

  1. I have read that Sen. Mitch McConnell threatened to make the upcoming impeachment circus, I mean trial, a real challenge for Pres. Trump to properly defend himself if the President pardoned anyone who was arrested re Jan. 6. It’s going to be very entertaining watching this impeachment circus play out. When it’s over President Trump will hold up a newspaper with the headline: acquitted.
    I realize that you don’t like President Trump, but for the foreseeable future (and by that I mean the 2022 and 2024 elections), the Republican Party remains THE PARTY OF TRUMP!

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      Millie,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Where have you read of Senator McConnell’s alleged threat?

      That threat is relevant to a point that I made, namely that now-former President Trump cares only for himself, not his supporters. If he is willing to fight, in this case for his supporters, then he should have pardoned them, effectively calling out Senator McConnell’s alleged threat. Mr. Trump may at the end of the impeachment trial be able to hold up that Trumanesque headline, but his riotous supporters will not be so fortunate.

      In the meantime, local Democrats are already running to regain the seats taken by Republicans at the California State and Congressional level. That should be the center of attention for Republicans now.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

  2. There was no insurrection (or as Sen Schumer calls it “erection”) on Jan. 6. It’s now documented that Antifa embedded with Trump supporters to cause mischief, which they did. As Antifa does everywhere. Trump supporters then and now are upset about the election fraud that gave the presidency to a bewildered old man with Alzheimer’s. Very sad for our county.

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      Dee,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      To my knowledge, a single leftist has been arrested and charged in the January 6 assault on the US Capitol. (“I was documenting the event!” he told police.) Everyone else that I have read about had traveled to Washington, DC, for the rally in support of now-former President Trump. Even if there were more Antifa members, they were vastly outnumbered by Trump supporters. The responsibility for the sorry episode rests with overwrought and misled Trumpists.

      Look at the sad case of the QAnon Shaman, the shirtless tattooed fellow wearing a horned hat. He was all in for Trump. Once arrested, he requested (through his attorney) that lame-duck President Trump grant him a presidential pardon. Mr. Trump had no time for any of his supporters, only his cronies. The QAnon Shaman’s pardon never arrived. Instead, Mr. Trump pardoned the likes of Roger Stone and Steve Bannon, then flew back to Mar-a-Lago and went golfing.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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