Question: What was the most damaging political decision Adams made during his presidency?
Answer: John Adams
supported the Alien and Sedition Acts passed in 1798. During Adams presidency, America and France were basically at war with each other. Adams used the crisis to beef up the military. Amidst all of the patritism and the war fears, these four acts were past. They served to restrict political opposition. Adams was a Federalist and his opponents, the Republicans, believed that they were passed specifically to punish them for speaking out against him. Thomas Jefferson
and James Madison
created the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions to oppose these acts. Opposition to Adams support of the Acts and the Federalist passage of a tax on property led to Adams defeat in 1800 to Jefferson.
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