Clothes clung to the bodies of the men who up to this point had simply held underground and illegal meetings. The hot, humid July weather of Pennsylvania was not contributing to a general feeling of content, and the discontent clear to many was about to boil over . Recent laws and the later armed and badged bullies, forced these homespun heroes of the original Revolution against England to account for every single ear of corn they grew on the land they owned. Their lives and futures hung in the balance for the second time within a generation.The year was 1794 and what follows was the result of over three years of protest and secret meetings.
The government, led by the federalist, Alexander Hamilton with President George Washington had made it illegal for the men, who had so recently had fought for their freedom, to protest the rising flood of federalized taxation being handed down from the swamps of Washington D.C,. A federal marshal and his armed bullies had recently travelled into Western Pennsylvania to serve warrants against men who the government decided had not paid what they owed. The alarm was raised and the area mobilized. Several hundred of the disaffected individuals launched a half-hearted attack against the local head of federal taxation, General John Neville, a political appointee and compatriot of the current aristocracy ruling in Washington.
Using the constitution so recently passed into law by men craving power President Washington wrote the following as his legal justification for using militia gathered from Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Washington stated, “And whereas, by a law of the United States entitled “An act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions,” it is enacted that whenever the laws of the United States shall be opposed or the execution thereof obstructed in any state by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings or by the powers vested in the marshals by that act, the same being notified by an associate justice or the district judge, it shall be lawful for the President of the United States to call forth the militia of such state to suppress such combinations and to cause the laws to be duly executed. And if the militia of a state, when such combinations may happen, shall refuse or be insufficient to suppress the same, it shall be lawful for the President, if the legislature of the United States shall not be in session, to call forth and employ such numbers of the militia of any other state or states most convenient thereto as may be necessary; and the use of the militia so to be called forth may be continued, if necessary, until the expiration of thirty days after the commencement of the of the ensuing session; Provided always, that, whenever it may be necessary in the judgement of the President to use the military force hereby directed to be called forth, the President shall forthwith, and previous thereto, by proclamation, command such insurgents to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes within a limited time.” Claypoole’s Daily Advertiser, August 11, 1794 (direct citation illuminating Washington’s intent and reasoning and use of the brand new constitution)
Thirteen thousand men were called up to service to wage a potential war against men who had so recently fought against the British regulars and beaten them soundly. Washington rode at the head of this group of government stooges along with his friends Hamilton and Henry Clay. By the time they reached Western Pennsylvania the farmers had melted back into their farmland. Two innocent civilians were “accidentally” murdered by the thugs, upwards of 12 of Washington’s force died from friendly fire and simple stupidity while between 3 and 4 of the farmers were murdered without trial as well. Twenty of the farmers who had so valiantly stood against the federalist mafia running the nation from the beginning had been captured and stood trial.
It was not until 7 years later that a politician did anything to actually reverse the extreme harm caused by Hamilton’s royalist approach about taxation. This man was one of the many, indeed the larger number who did not sign the ratification of the constitution as law, for this man saw it for the evil it would truly allow. Thomas Jefferson reversed the Whiskey Tax law. To this day the farmers of Western Pennsylvania remain a defiant lot of individuals. And the men of New Jersey are most often noted for their embracing of everything government.
This has been another short look into the facts and truth behind the Constitution. For those of you reading this who have still not been able to see that it has never been a good thing, remember, your ignorance flies in the face of the true heroes seen over time in this nation. This story would make a great movie, though hollywood would find a way to make it seem as though the farmers were the ones in the wrong.
Free the mind and the body will follow.