This is actually a fairly long story by blogging standards, and well worth reading. It’s a perspective on American history that let’s just say is unavailable in virtually all American schools, public or private. From Centinel at theburningplatform.com:
The American Revolution and Its Aftermath
The American revolutionaries could be subdivided into two allied “factions”:
Faction 1: anti-monarchist patriots who valued and were willing to risk their lives for liberty and freedom consisting primarily of yeoman farmers, small crafts, tradesmen and entrepreneurs; and,
Faction 2: anti-monarchist elites consisting of larger mercantilists, financial elites, other members of the colonial ruling class and Masons who wished to secure the vast new continent as their fiefdom.
The Gadsden Flag, Not a Federalist Banner
The opposition of both factions to the Monarch preceeded the Colonial period and continued to play out in the Colonies. Important to recognize is that although both were opposed to the Monarchy, their motivations were inherently incompatible.
The patriots wanted liberty and freedom. The elites wanted to step into the Monarchy’s shoes.
The divisions surfaced soon after the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783; first with “Shay’s Rebellion” (1787 to 1788) followed a few years later by the “Whiskey Rebellion” (1791 to 1794).
Anti-Federalist Rebellion Plaque, as Told by the Federalists
Both post-revolutionary rebellions saw the freedom and liberty-loving anti-Federalist patriots crushed by their elite allies. The principals for which most of the foot-soldiers of the revolution sacrificed, fought and died, ended with the last of the two rebellions.
Insofar as the majority of those who fought for it were concerned, America lasted 11 years.
Leading the campaign against their former revolutionary allies were men enshrined in the history books as the “Founding Fathers”. These included George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and James Madison.
Not a single anti-Federalist can be found among them, Jefferson notwithstanding.
Jefferson is complicated. He had anti-Federalist sympathies, nevertheless he supported the Constitutional coup over the Articles of Confederation subject to inclusion of the Bill of Rights. Which makes him a lower case federalist.
As he wrote in the draft of his inaugural address: “we are all republicans: we are all federalists”
The anti-Federalists names and the pseudonyms under which they wrote have been largely forgotten. They include: Federal Farmer (Richard Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee’s Uncle) Agrippa (John Winthrop) Brutus (Melacnton Smith) and Centinel (Samuel Bryant).
To continue reading: America, a Short Story