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  •  Shays' rebellion also played a big role (8+ / 0-)

    in leading to the constitutional convention of 1787, motivated by the desire of those who called for it (most prominently Hamilton, Washington and Madison) to create a much stronger federal government that would be better able on the one hand to prevent the sorts of conditions that led to Shays' rebellion, and on the other hand be better able to suppress them when they broke out.

    Ironically, of course, one of the first things that the new, much stronger federal government created by the convention did was to impose a tax that led to the Whiskey Rebellion--which it was able to supress handily. This tax, in turn, and the policies and approach to governance that inspired it, itself motivated the creation of the two party system, as their opponents (ultimately known as the Jeffersonian Republicans, which after various twists and turns become today's Democratic party) joined forces in order to combat them.

    Also ironic, I suppose, that the original formally organized "tea party" (as opposed to the more loosely organized Shays' and Whiskey rebellions that partly inspired it) ultimately became the party that today's more loosely organized tea party opposes. But then we're an ironic country if ever there was one, and over 200 years of history tends to turn things inside out.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 05:24:19 AM PDT

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