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Papists Freely Study in Maryland

     A university for Roman Catholics to be called Georgetown University was established in Georgetown, Maryland.  Founded by John Carroll, he is the most prominent Catholic in this new nation and rumors abound that he will be the first Bishop to be appointed by Rome in the United States.  We welcome this news, as it will test our new national government's ability to refrain from excessive intervention in affairs of the church.  Currently before the House of Representatives is a bill of rights, which many across the southern states believe to be necessary to restrict strong government tendencies.  In North Carolina and other states, the promise of making such rights explicit was vital for the ratification of the new constitution.  This bill of rights would prohibit the national government from interfering with such a university and this paper believes the bill should pass.

 

Treaty of Fort Harmar Welcomed

     Governor Arthur St. Clair is to be applauded for his recent signing of the Treaty of Fort Harmar.  For a reasonable six thousand dollars, hunting and settlement rights in many disputed lands in the Northwest Territory has been obtained, and the tribes have agreed to not sell any land in the future, except to these United States.  Indians shall similar be permitted to hunt on land, provided they do not harass or annoy our citizens, and if any Indian shall engage in murder or robbery, that Indians tribe will be compelled to present the accused to lawful authorities.  Similarly, horse thieves must be reported and any stolen horses returned, whether stolen by an American or an Indian.  This is eminently fair.  If settlers choose to settle outside of lands claimed by the United States, they will not be under any protection.  Posts at Detroit and Michilimackinac will be preserved for US use and the signing Indian tribes of this treaty shall be placed under US protection.

     This treaty will likely lead to increased American hunting and settlements in the region, and welcomed by territorial speculators.  It is complete and comprehensive.  Well done, Governor St. Clair.

 

Swedish King Reduces Noble Powers

     Sweden King Gustav III has established the Union and Security Act, which changed the Swedish constitution.  Swedish war powers will now be held solely by the King, with the estates, nobles, or privy council unable to interfere.  The constitutional changes also allowed purchase of noble property by non-nobles, and opened public offices to all candidates, rather than just nobility.  It is concerning that the Swedish King would see fit to allow public offices to be occupied by anyone,  as offices of state must be held by the most qualified, not the most common.  We must also stand against the decision to make war be held by one man, even if that man is a king.  It is better to consider the new American model when dealing with war-making decisions.  Europe would do well to consider our own course in this regard.

 

Federalists Rise in Massachusetts

     Two new Federalists were recently elected to the House of Representatives on behalf of the state of Massachusetts: Orison Pratt and James Wilson.  Both men identity as Federalists.  The Federalists seem to be dominating the political landscape in our new Republic, at this time.  They have introduced a slough of legislation in the House of Representatives, and participating the most in House debates.  They are winning seats previously held by Independents.  Their prospective leaders are publishing books.  Their groups is the most active in the House and seem to be more directly addressing the needs of the new government and attempt to appeal to all sections of the country.  The Democrat-Republicans will likely need to improve in order to ensure they have some appeal in the 1790 Congressional elections, or they will be reduced to a rump of members or replaced by another, new political grouping.

 

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Tariff Act In Dispute

Currently in the new national capitol, a bill is under debate regarding the establishment of tariffs that would provide revenues to the new central government.  Originally introduced by Mr. Lloyd of New York, who associates with the Federalist faction, the bill would introduce a system of tariffs, with the most significant of those falling on wool, cotton, pickled and dried fish.  Subsequently, Mr. Masterson of North Carolina, also with the Federalist faction, introduced an amendment the remove proposed tariffs on various sugars, cocoas, and coffees while strengthening the proposed tariffs on cotton, wool, and fish.  These amendments were eventually approved by the House in full.  Mr. Masterson claims that his proposed changes would allow for proper revenue to the central government and protect domestic industry and agriculture, while reducing the likelihood of retaliatory tariffs.  

 

Mr. Tyson of New York, also with the Federalist faction, has come out against the proposed tariffs the most vocally of any House member.  He compared the tariffs to injustices for which the recent revolution was fought.

 

The Democrat-Republican faction, while generally believed to be against the establishment of these proposed tariffs, recorded no statements on the act as of the time of this printing.

 

 

Governors elected by legislature in New York

The legislature in New York state has voted in favor the governorship of that state to be determined by that state's legislature.  In a vote of 60 Ayes and 35 Nays, the bill proposed by Mr. Tyson of New York will come into affect in New York's next governor election, scheduled to be held in 1792.  Mr. Tyson argued in favor of the bill, stating that this would bring New York's state constitution more in line with the national constitution.  

 

We applaud Mr. Tyson, for recognizing that some offices should be insulated from the whims of popular passion.  There is some democracy necessary for the benefit of free men, yet the true statesman knows that excessive amounts of democracy are akin to mob rule and would surely lead to the downfall of this new republic.  Due to the passage of this bill, the governorship of New York can be in the hands of an effective administrator who focuses upon long-term, strategic planning, rather than whimsically following the passions of unthinking, reactive mobs.

 

Independent elected in Rhode Island Introduces Slavery Relegalization Bill

In a rather surprising event, the state of Rhode Island recently saw a bill to reintroduce legal slavery to that state.  A member associated with the Federalist faction was replaced by an independent known as Gideon McGee who proposed the reintroduction of slavery to allow for improved productivity on farms in that state and their general economy subsequently.  The importation of slaves into Rhode Island was outlawed in 1774 and the emancipation of slaves by certain ages was put into their state laws ten years later.  We understand that an abolition society was recently started within that state as well.  It seems likely that such a bill would outrage such groups.

 

However, we understand that anti-slavery laws in Rhode Island are loosely enforced and several of the wealthier traders in that state still engage in the slave trade.  They may take an opportunity to assert themselves politically and back such a bill that introduced relegalization.  There is speculation that merchants may have little need for slaves in the future, as wealthy tradesman are considering the establishment of textile mills and manufactories within the states.  Or perhaps such manufactories may not be created if slavery is reestablished and allows for profitable plantations and farming to be conducted.

 

The Statesman will be carefully watching the state legislature to see if this bill passes or is defeated.  A defeat would mean the maintenance of the status quo, but its passage could signal an attempt at reassertion of the dominance of the slave trade upon the American economy.

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TARIFF ACT PASSES INTO LAW

The Tariff Act, much deliberated by Congress, was recently signed into law by President Washington.  Argumentation and dissension among the various factions ruled the day on debate of the Tariff Act with no clear lines drawn.  Generally, the Federalist faction tended to favor the bill while Republicans tended to oppose it, but there were many on all sides who disagreed with one another and members of the House and Senate seemed to vote as they preferred without regard to factional loyalty.

 

A letter from President Washington to a member of the House has circulated with President Washington stating "We need to generate revenue and tariffs are one of the best options to do that. Of course no sort of taxation is desirable, but it is necessary for a functioning government."

 

Exactly how much revenue will be generated is unknown at this juncture, but a significant amount of revenue is to likely to be generated and devoted to servicing national debt, by the estimation of most counting houses.  Fisheries are said to be excited at the news as the largest protectionary tariffs fell on products related to that industry.  Cotton cultivators and tobacco plantation owners have expressed deep worry that retaliatory tariffs may be likely, as similar protectionary tariffs are levied upon tobacco and cotton exports into the United States.

 

BILL OF RIGHTS PASSES CONGRESS AS FRANCE ISSUES DECLARATION OF RIGHTS OF MAN

 

The Congress has passed a collection of ten proposed amendments to the US Constitution by sufficient margin to be sent to the various states.  It is roundly expected that the various states will, in time, vote in affirmative of all ten proposed amendments.  Indeed, a number of states ratified the US Constitution on the basis of an expectation of an explicit collection of rights being written into the constitution at a later time.

 

The Constituent Assembly in France, formerly the National Assembly, has issued a proclamation they have termed the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789."  While partially inspired in part by our own declaration of independence, their declaration seems more radical and metaphysical, ascribing to the concept of 'general will' and places 'the nation' at the center of society rather than recognizing the supremacy of the sovereign citizen and ordered liberty.  A careful eye must be maintained upon this development as while their words may be similar in certain aspects, actions may vary wildly compared to our own experience.

 

 

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HURRAH FOR NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, AND EDUCATIONAL ENLIGHTENMENT

     We would like to take this moment to praise the legislature in the state of North Carolina for chartering a public university which will illuminate young minds for the benefit of our new country and all mankind.  Similarly, we should acknowledge that the state of Georgia has also chartered a public university, but has not yet admitted any students nor completed construction on its site.  The commitment to enlightenment and improving facilities and locations available for higher knowledge shown by these two states is demonstrative of the so-called 'Southern Spirit' common to the southern sections of the new United States.  While there are several institutions in northern states, those entities are private in nature and owes their charters to the old, tarnished crown.  These new institutions are created by the legislatures and come after the crafting of our new constitution.

 

JEFFERSON AND HAMILTON TO ADVISE WASHINGTON

     The elected members of the US House and Senate have seen fit to establish two cabinet offices, one related to foreign affairs and the other to matters of a treasury, to advise President Washington. Mr. Thomas Jefferson has been appointed to the former, and Mr. Alexander Hamilton has been appointed to the latter.  It now is simply a matter of time until the Senate votes to confirm both men.  They have distinctly different ideas and ideals about the form of government and how the new national government should behave.  Mr. Jefferson has a vision tied to freedom; while Mr. Hamilton is rumored to still desire monarchy and British parliamentarian.  This paper is much more pleased to know that Mr. Jefferson will have the President's ear, while less excited about the prospects of Mr. Hamilton, although we do respect his aptitude for numbers.

 

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New York State May Test Constitution Over Border Dispute

     Letters and statements are arriving stating that the New York legislature is continuing to antagonize upon the matter of their border dispute with the Vermont Republic.  A measure stating that New York should enter into negotiations with Vermont was defeated with 35 Ayes, and 53 Nays.  The legislature is said to now be considering a motion to mobilize their state militia for the express purpose of annexation.  This is in flagrant violation of our nation's new constitution. Article 1, Section 10 of our Constitution states:

 

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

 

     This constitution was ratified and agreed to by the state of New York just two years ago in 1788.  That New York would ignore the constitution they so recently agreed to be a part of suggests a lack of forthrightness. Should New York mobilize its militia and engage in war, what should be the response from the federal government?  This is not a matter of a state's right, as war-making rights were ceded to the Congress of the federal government upon each state's adoption of the constitution.  There is a desire to create a proper nation of freemen upon the basis of natural rights and ordered liberty.  New York's disregard for the constitutional arrangement that they themselves agree to imperils the stability of this nation.  There is also concern that recent laws passed relating to state militias in Virginia and New York are could potentially be in violation of the same section, which states "No State shall... keep troops... in time of Peace." 

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Vermont Republic to Remain Independent

     The fruits of New York's bellicosity as recently reported in this paper and elsewhere have been borne.  The English Crown, King George III, has declared that he will protect the Vermont Republic from any attack.  Little response has been heard from New York's legislature or Governor since this announcement from the King.  It has been reported that the legislature was considering a motion to mobilize their state militia to annex Vermont by force, but little movement has been reported on that motion and it may be considered a closed matter due to the recent announcement. There is no national desire to engage in a war of annexation. It now falls to either the New York state government or federal government to resolve the matter peacefully, drop the matter entirely and Vermont to remain independent, or risk another war with the British.

 

Carolina Company Seeks to Americanize European Operas

     Famed composed Amadeus Mozart recently unveiled a new comic opera in Vienna, Austria recently entitled Così fan tutte or "Women are Like That."  The rather scandalous opera considers the proclivities of women and their faithfulness to their betrothed when their would-be husbands are sent off to war.  In light of the popularity of this and similar comic operas, Carolina Company CEO John McNair has continued to grow his collection of theaters across the country to five states total, recently opening new locations in Maryland and Georgia. The theaters showcase translated or rewritten operas to appeal to what he terms a more 'American' style of theater, to quote: "Rowdy, bawdy, even raucous operas that appeal to the land owner and the common man alike will be displayed at our theaters with varying prices for entry depending on the desired audience, season, etc."  An American version of Mozart's "Women are Like That" will be premiering this season.

 

Nation Mourns Passing of Benjamin Franklin

     The great statesman Benjamin Franklin recently passed at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of ninety.  Having lived a fruitful, exemplary life and responsible for the establishment of multiple institutions, Mr. Franklin was an inspiration for the development of unity between the former American colonies and the establishment of this new nation.  We all owe him a great deal of gratitude.  It should be noted that the late Mr. Franklin provided some initial capital for the establishment of this newspaper but is now owned independently. We thank the late Mr. Franklin for his generosity in this matter and will continue to endeavor to provide quality information to the public and "write things worth reading and do things worth writing."

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FRANCE SUBORDINATES CHURCH TO THE STATE

     The dual-faced revolution in France which claims to advance the 'rights of man' has passed their so-called Civil Constitution of the Clergy in which the church within France must be subordinate and profess loyalty to the French government. Church property has been seized without compensation and bishops, priests, and other members of the church are being forced to swear an oath that the nation of France has authority over religious matters. What folly has gripped the French hearts that they would suppose their government could dictate matters that pertain to God? While we have some in our American nationhood that call for the separation of church and state, many at the front of power in the French nation clearly want church and state bound together, but that the state should stand above God and the church. We must be on guard against such radical measures here in the American nation, and not permit the church to become another arm of the government. Congress must make no laws proclaiming an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise; the French revolution has done both and are even now engorging themselves in a 'Fête de la Fédération', wherein they gluttonously consume food in celebration of their revolution which is resulting in the corruption of the concepts of liberty and freedom.

 

Treaty of Reichenbach Signed by Prussia and Austria

     Prussia and Austria have recently signed a treaty wherein Austria would return certain territories they seized from the Ottoman Empire, as well as several other terms. As a result, Prussia will provide compensation to the Austrians for certain territories and other diplomatic points. It is well that our American nation should refrain from entangling itself in such convoluted European affairs. While some may advocate for American alliances with various European powers, such as England, France, or others, it seems clear that there is little that can be gained from any potential participation on our part in such matters.

 

 

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MASTERSON VOTE STOPS CULTURE BILL

We are dismayed to report the unfortunate decision by James Masterson, a prominent Representative from North Carolina in the national capital, to vote against a bill recently before the House of Representatives which would have appropriated substantial monies to cultural endeavors. The bill would have appropriated roughly the double the current amount being allocated to the new Treasury and State cabinet ministries.  Masterson objected to the bill on the matter of its cost when the federal government is attempting to reduce debt.  Yet, this amount of money would've surely promoted the arts across the whole of this new nation, much of which would've benefited theatre houses located across much of the southern states. We will restate here a sentiment recently made by a paper from New York state named 'The American Federalist' which said: "Hopefully this bill will be proposed again after, God willing, the Federalists gain more seats in the coming elections."

We urge Congress to consider the matter again in the next session of Congress.  We urge voters across the southern states to consider if their representative is a patron of the arts and will they support artistic endeavors to the benefit of the state, country, and mankind when casting their vote in the upcoming elections.  If we are to have a proper new nation-state which is an inspiration of liberty for mankind, we must make our nation one where support for the artist is lucratively supported by the government.

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As part of our duties to the public, this paper will be providing information and commentary related to various political contests throughout the territory in which this paper is predominantly read, as well as neighboring regions or otherwise interesting contests that may be of note to our readers.

 

Slavery Interests Likely to Stay Protected In Georgia

Paul McGee @Batman, whom is the CEO of Continental Plantation Agriculture Corporation, is considered to be challenging Edward Telfair for the position of Governor of Georgia.  Both gentleman are considered to be associated with the republican faction in national politics.  Both men have interests in the slave trade in Georgia, with Telfair owning slaves, and the Continental Plantation Agriculture Corporation owning a profitable asset in the plantation agriculture industry.  Additional, McGee's brother is a representative in the national capital for the state of Rhode Island and was reported to have introduced a recently defeated bill to re-legalize slavery within that state.  Thus, it is the estimation of this paper that the interests related to the slave-trade within the state of Georgia will benefit regardless of victor of the contest.

Thus we must consider the relative merits of both men.  Edward Telfair is the current governor, a signer of the old articles of confederation and was a member of the continental congress. Paul McGee is much younger, which little political history; although he has managed a highly profitable company if reports are to be believed.  With the economic interests of both men so clearly overlapping, we believe it would benefit the state of Georgia to vote in favor of youth and vigor in this race.  Paul McGee seems likely to understand the economic interests of the state, while representing a new generation of political outlook not excessively burdened by adherence to the old articles.  He can properly represent Georgian interests while working within our new national, federal system.

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1791: This newspaper is now being read by citizens in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia.

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Federalist Faction to Lead Next Congress

     The faction typically known as 'Federalists', generally favoring more power in the new national government and higher tariffs to address financial issues will likely be the dominant faction in the next session of Congress. Due to holding 25 of 65 seats in the House of Representatives and 9 of 26 seats in the Senate, the Federalist faction will likely control the agenda as their faction is usually seen as more persuasive and active in the national capital and this attracts more independent members when votes are called.  That they have more seats, but not a strict majority, does mean the faction could be thwarted if they grossly miscalculate the appeal of their agenda or if opposing forces were to become more properly organized or present more compelling arguments to appeal to those same members

     It is worth noting that the debacle related to the the New York-Vermont border was largely caused by intransigence and heated rhetoric of Federalists within the state of New York, and could have been taken advantage of by a more active opposition. With the relative quiet from the 'Republican' faction  on that issue and others, it remains to be seen if similar missteps that may occur in the future will be called to account.  Or is a faction which favors decentralized rule inherently unable to mount effective opposition or criticism in our new national system?

 

New York State has Lowest Business Taxes in Nation

     The state of New York now has the lowest rate of internal business and newspaper taxes within the nation.  With a vote of 60 Ayes and 35 Nays, business taxes were reduced to 2.5% and a similar measure to reduce newspaper taxes were also reduced with a vote of 55 Ayes and 35 Nays.  These tax reductions and votes were largely driven by Representative James Tyson @LM32, associated with the Federalists.  He stated that reduced state revenues would be ultimately offset by increased economic activity within the state. He also noted that the recent assumption of state debt by the federal government made it economically feasible for the state to reduce taxes.  The Republican faction voted unanimously against the tax reductions at the urging of Representative O'Rourke @Russ who said the lost revenues would harm the state of New York.

          The state of Massachusetts is reported to be considering similar measures to reduce their taxes to the same rates of New York. It remains unknown if even more states will follow that course, or if states will attempt to use state revenues for internal development projects.  It is worth noting that both of these northern states are considered to have benefited from the recent Tariff Act through some of the protection measures contained therein.

 

Massacre at Big Bottom in Northwest Territory

     Ohio Company officials have reported twelve settlers were killed in an attack near a settlement named 'Big Bottom' in the bottom floodplains along the Muskingum River.  This settlement was established beyond Marietta.  The killings included a woman and two children.  The barbarism of killing women and children must not be ignored.  While the Treaty of Fort Harmar was supposed to address and prevent such barbarities, the land in this instance was not included in that treaty.  This massacre demonstrates the need for adequate provision of defenses, increased number of able-bodied males to settle and defend American settlements, and the necessity of territorial companies to ensure settlers adhere to the borders and boundaries agreed upon by treaty.

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Insults Boil New York Assembly

     The debate in the New York state legislature turned belligerent recently during their debate upon their state's recent decision to reduce business and newspaper taxes within that state.  Federalist James Tyson @LM32, who is considered to be a candidate for Governor of that state, disparaged the opposition to lowering taxes presented by Republican Ethan O'Rourke @Russ.  Tyson is reported to have suggested that O'Rourke's opposition to the tax reductions was motivated by his holding of assets in another state.  This paper's research has found that Mr. O'Rourke has an ownership interest in Freedom Works, a company primarily interested in manufacturing, armaments, and territorial issues, which is based in Pennsylvania. 

     In response to this allegation against O'Rourke's honor and integrity, O'Rourke demanded satisfaction and it appeared that blows or even a duel would be necessitated.  Ultimately, Mr. Tyson rescinded his assertion and it appears the matter has been dropped and the New York legislature will attend to more pressing issues.  It seems possible, but unlikely that ownership in a Pennsylvanian company would motivate a New York's representatives decision on taxes.  While obviously Mr. O'Rourke would have a fiduciary interest pertaining to Pennsylvanian tax rates, it seems unlikely that such ownership would influence his decisions on New York tax rates.  It seems Mr. Tyson was largely motivated to question the loyalties of Mr. O'Rourke and bolster his own credentials within New York politics.  If such a tactic will be rewarded in the next gubernatorial election remains to be seen.

 

Massachusetts Governor Tests Constitution Over Slavery

     The recent decision by Massachusetts to replace respected John Hancock with strident Federalist Jay Johnstone @Shiggyis proving to be disastrous for the state of Massachusetts, its reputation, and the stability of these United States.  His first act upon becoming Governor was to attempt to pass a law prohibiting escaped slaves from being returned to their masters.  This is in flagrant violation of Article 4, Section 2 of the national constitution which reads: "No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due."

     Perhaps recognizing that this measure would not be approved into state law by the Massachusetts legislature, Governor Johnstone relented upon learning of Georgian intentions to file suit on the matter.  Not willing to accept his lack of authority to implement his unconstitutional desires, the Massachusetts Governor has created further acrimony and attempts to damage the national constitution by barring free people, in pursuit of escaped slaves and in the course of their duties, to enter into the state of Massachusetts.  It is a grand irony and disgrace that under the guise of freedom, the Governor would again assault our Constitution, which reads: "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States."  The Governor of Massachusetts, nor any other state, does not have any authority to prohibit the entry of citizens from another state from entering into it.  The Constitution was agreed upon and ratified on the basis that confederation was failing and states prohibiting citizens from entering and exiting states from one to another was harming national unity.  We should not support a governor that attempts to throw out the ratified constitution because he has a fit of pique on the matter of slavery.

 

State Militias Harming Constitutional Order

     The North Carolina state legislature recently passed a bill to implement a state militia.  They did so in a narrow 52 Aye, 48 Nay vote which followed the path forged by the states of Virginia (86-9) and New York (95-2) last year.  The narrower margin is largely attributed to the efforts of Representative James Masterson and the Carolinian skepticism of central authority and armies.  Nevertheless, concerns and arguments about Cherokee raids carried the day.  Yet these militias easily have the ability to become permanent standing armies for the states, which is expressly prohibited by our national Constitution.  Much emphasis is made in the legislation about it being a permanent 'guard' and it remains to be seen how there is any difference between that and a permanent army.  With provisions in the legislation for funding of these armies on an annual basis, along with various ranks and terms of service stipulated, it seems the difference between a "permanent guard" and a "permanent army" is simply one of semantics.

     We fought a revolution with a principle objection to the idea of standing armies being antithetical to a free people.  Our constitution explicitly prohibits states from having standing armies.  We call upon the people in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina to reject the siren's song of a 'permanent guard' as these are simply permanent armies under a different name.  We call upon the people in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina to remove the state legislators who would impose these state armies upon a free people and the consumptive taxes that come with them.  We call upon our national government to recognize what these states are doing is grossly unconstitutional and to act against it.

 

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Revolution Continues to Reign in France, Sparking Prussian-HRE Reaction

     Turmoil and revolution continue to plague the French, with members of their royal family reportedly attempting to flee their country only to be discovered and covered in disgrace. The flight has reportedly caused a marked turn in support for King Louis XVI, with many outside of Paris dismayed at the King's abandonment of reforms and seemingly the abandonment of his duties to the French people. Radical republicanism is spreading throughout that country, alarming French neighbors.

     King William II of Prussia and Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II made a joint declaration in support of King Louis XVI, calling for the King's freedom and to allow him to return to power. The declaration states that Austria and Prussia will go to war to restore the French king, so long as the other European powers also went to war with France.  Despite the unlikelihood of British agreeing to such a war, French revolutions are interpreting the statement as a threat of war.

     These European affairs are deeply troublesome and we must be on guard against radical Jacobin influence from France.  Similarly, we must hold close to our American ideals recently written into the US Constitution.  Thus, we must reject the proposal for the establishment of a national army that could be used to entangle us in European wars.

 

State Tax Rates Changing throughout nation: Carolina Embraces Modest Changes, Massachusetts matches New York

     Tax rates have recently changed in several different states across the country. Massachusetts, benefiting from the tariffs passed in the recent Congress, is electing politicians who attempt to limit economic trade that would aid the southern states. They are also lowering taxes to a fiscally irresponsible 2.5% rate for both businesses and newspapers. It seems impossible that their state, recently matching rates in New York, will be able to afford internal improvements to their roads and government systems.

     Meanwhile, South Carolina has changed their tax rates in a prudent manner. They have lowered their newspaper tax to 5%, but have raised their business tax to 12%. These changes should afford that state the opportunity to construct new roads and improve existing ones, while also potentially providing funding for a publicly-funded state university, appropriations for Carolina artillery, or further development of local theater culture.

     It seems certain factions in the northern states, while advocating for a stronger national government, are deliberately weakening the power and influence of state government. Yet in the southern states we are seeing factions that prefer to strike a balance and empower their own states rather than relying solely upon the national government for economic stability.

Vermont-New York Impasse May Be Broken

     A bill in New York recently passed on a vote of 45 Ayes and 43 Nays in the New York Assembly, and it seems likely that the bill will be signed by the Governor. The bill would release that state's claims upon lands in dispute with the Vermont Republic and give those claims to the federal government. However, the federal government would have to enter into negotiations with Vermont, and demand that Vermont provide compensation to the New York government. It also requires one representative from New York be at any such negotiations.

     If there is a representative from New York at negotiations between Vermont and the United States government, it seems likely that such a representative would cause much consternation and likely destroy diplomatic decorum by demanding too much from Vermont in return for relinquishing the claim. Indeed, depending on the reading of the wording, it seems as if New York would only relinquish their claims to the federal government after the approval of hypothetical negotiations, not before.

     We also are unaware of Vermont's intentions. Do they even want to join our union anymore? Would any free person want to join a nation, supposedly founded upon ordered liberty, yet seems intent on reckless expansion, centralized armies and monies, and mimicking the behaviors of the European powers?  We must reject reckless expansion and the centralized standing armies that many in government are demanding.

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