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Getting it straight

EDITOR: Rick Barr ("Obama's choice," Letters, Tuesday) implores us to "get our facts straight." He says the tea party wants to return to the Founding Fathers' intent of a smaller federal government that adheres to the principals of the Constitution and is not intrusive in the lives of its citizens. Really.

Citizens in Pennsylvania were making whiskey and didn't want to pay the federal tax on whiskey. George Washington led an army of 20,000 to put down the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 and forced citizens to pay the tax.

Alexander Hamilton created the First Bank of the United States in 1791. Washington signed the bill into law. There is nothing in the Constitution that says anything about a bank.

John Adams signed into law the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Twenty-five people were arrested, 11 were tried and 10 were convicted with a law that by today's standards would be considered unconstitutional. Thomas Jefferson used the law to punish some of his Federalist enemies.

Wow, talk about federal intrusion into the lives of its citizens.

JOHN McHUGH

<i>Santa Rosa</I>


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