The John Adams Society

G. Larry Colson, Jr.

Mark Sanquist

Peder Mewis

Susan Smith

Chairman Secretary Chief Whip Chancellor

December 2009

I know it’s hard when you’re up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp.

- President Ronald Reagan

SOMEWHERE AROUND OBAMA’S second trillion dollars, the Republicans started opposing the endless spending and the nationalization of the economy sector by sector.  This was a tremendous improvement from recent history, when it was a Republican-controlled Congress setting new spending records.  In 2005, House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R, DwtS) claimed the federal budget had already been cut to the bone.

When we are in the majority, we get complacent.  We tend to our own business, trusting our elected representatives will remember why we voted for them, and uphold those principles without daily reminders from us.  Instead, some get seduced by the power of running the government.  When they go too far, our party loyalty prevents us from abandoning them.  Only when we are in the minority, with unrestrained liberalism threatening the country, do we rally to the defense of liberty and limited government.

ON THE OTHER HAND, in politics, principles don’t truly matter unless they are accompanied by power.  With the liberal socialists in control of the White House and Congress, they are implementing their policies, appointing their judges, expanding their agencies, and spending money at a pace that eclipses all prior administrations combined.  How can it be better that each day they incrementally move us toward their socialist utopia?  Conservatives must regain power in order to stop our trip down the road to serfdom.

THE CHAIRMAN, unwilling to put down his autographed copy of “Going Rogue” long enough to decide this on his own, has called a debate to settle the question:

Resolved:  Conservatives are Better in the Minority.


The Debate will be held on Wednesday December 16, 2009 at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o'clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. While there is no dress code for attendance, gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies should adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen who arrive tieless yet wish to speak, fret not: the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand at least one of his quite remarkable ties for just such an eventuality. Questions about debate caucus procedures or about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (612) 384-6776 or the Secretary at (952) 887-2553.