HBO’s John Adams – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams’ faith in humanity


There is talk of a convention in Philadelphia. They are to discuss a binding Constitution; I hope to attend, if only to have an effect on the style of its prose. I expect that any constitutional document that emerges from Philadelphia will be as compromised as our Declaration of Independency. I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living, and that one generation has no more right to bind another to its laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another. But surely the Constitution, as it did with the ones we wrote for our own States, is meant to establish the stability and the long-term legality essential to the continuation of civilized society. Yes, possibly, but I fear it could prove a breach in the integrity of our revolutionary ideals through which will pour the forces of reaction. Doctor, Mr. Jefferson’s pet topic is not the artful arrangement of political power, but the cordoning off of a space in which no power exists at all. You, sir… you are a walking contradiction! We’re all contradictions Mr. Adams. Indeed, yes, and what is government, ultimately, but the putting into effect of the lessons which we have learned in dealing with the contradictions in our own characters. You have a disconcerting lack of faith in your fellow man, Mr. A, and in yourself, if I may say. Yes, and you display a dangerous excess of faith in your fellow man, Mr. Jefferson. Well, I’m sure we’ll all disagree a great deal…


30 Responses

  1. Noldor warrior

    August 28, 2019 5:12 am

    "Doctor, Mr. Jefferson's pet topic is not the artful arrangement of political power, but the cordoning off of a space in which no capitalism exists at all."

    When for a moment i thought John Adams was Tim Curry, but i was wrong.

  2. Teddy Molnar

    September 1, 2019 4:46 pm

    Greatness does not begin to describe these men. What they accomplished is a marvel. This was truly the finest generation.

  3. Willdog20elite

    September 6, 2019 1:45 pm

    amazing footage. I'm glad we were able to find this when Ben Gates found the Knight's Templar Treasure. Can't wait to see more videos like this. Amazing discovery

  4. Edward Finley

    September 8, 2019 1:11 pm

    Madison believed the Constitution could be interpreted to mean something other than what was actually written, Jefferson believed it meant exactly what it says.

  5. Matt L

    September 17, 2019 9:30 am

    What a phenomenal job HBO did with this. Such a coincidence that two great friends, Adams and Jefferson, die on the same exact day.

  6. Word

    September 28, 2019 7:32 am

    "A Nation of Laws not of men." JOHN ADAMS
    “For man when perfected, is the best of all animals, but, when separated from law & justice, he is the worst all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with arms, meant to be used by intelligence and excellence, which he may use for the worst ends. That is why, if he has not excellence, he’s the most unholy and the most savage of all animals, and the most full of lust and gluttony. But justice is the best bond of men in states; for the administration of justice, which is the determination of what is just, is the principle of order in a political society."
    ARISTOTLE; 'Politics' Book I. Section 2.

  7. David McLemore

    September 29, 2019 8:56 pm

    Benjamin Franklin: "Well I'm sure we'll all disagree a great deal…."

    Translation: Jesus Christ you two, get a room already

  8. Glenn Billings

    September 30, 2019 2:52 am

    When John Adams was president, he helped
    sponsor the Unconstitutional Alien and Sedition Acts.
    Thank God when Jefferson stepped in his shoes he helped
    restore the freedoms the revolution was originally fought for.

  9. Kym Robinson

    October 1, 2019 1:26 pm

    Rich slave owners discussing freedom. Adams is the only man in this conversation never to force another into bondage

  10. Jim McCracken

    October 2, 2019 5:56 am

    This is my second favourite scene. My favourite scene is the conversation they have while trading baseball cards.

  11. Jay Slomine

    October 4, 2019 2:21 am

    Jefferson Forever

    He would lead an Army and Annihilate the Globalists and Traitors in our Republic.

    It started with the Jacobins and the French Revolution.

  12. chris widney

    October 4, 2019 3:59 pm

    what a bunch of shit , a bunch of shit that don;t believe in or are proud of this country giving their shitty account of how they think things went down , and this years oscars proved how shitty us Americans think they are , wake up and smell your shit


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