Alex Jones praises George Washington regularly on his podcast. He likes to say: “The Answer to 1984 is 1776.” However, while General Washington was indeed a rebel, President Washington took a rather dim view of the Tea-Party types of his day. So much so that Washington is the only sitting U.S. president to have lead troops in the field. In 1794, Washington spent a month marching a 13,000-man federalized militia force to Bedford, Pennsylvania to defeat the Whiskey Rebellion. So, you might say that “The Answer to Alex Jones is 1794.”
The Whiskey Rebellion rebels were tax protesters just like Alex Jones and the Tea Party. Yes, the whiskey tax was unfair and confiscatory, but Washington didn’t care. Jones’ idol personally appointed the tax collectors, assigned them to their districts, and determined their salaries. After the rebellion began, Washington wrote a proclamation condemning the rebels (full text here) and published it in many newspapers. Washington did not drag his feet enforcing the unjust law that Congress had passed. To the contrary; Washington was determined to assert federal authority. The Constitution put teeth into the federal government, and George Washington made the Alex Joneses of his day feel those teeth. Washington’s suppression of the rebels was received with widespread popular approval.
Jones frequently says that the feds are “targeting veterans” today. But many of the Whiskey rebels were Revolutionary War veterans, and President Washington had no qualms about marching on them.
Alex Jones heaps criticism on President Obama, but he should be praising him because Obama is soft on rebels. After all, the Bundy gang, that Jones champions, is still at large in Nevada. George Washington would have crushed Bundy and his militia.
Jones says he is a libertarian, but real libertarians don’t praise George Washington. Rather, they fantasize about his execution. See this.
Note: take a look at the text of Washington’s proclamation (linked above) and marvel at the man’s run-on sentences. Wow! I reckon that semicolons were all the rage back then, and periods were unfashionable.