Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Coming Election

"No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm."

George Washington

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Guarding Liberty and Order

"Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe, until a trespass on the consitutional provisions for either shall be felt with the same keenness that resents an invasion of the dearest rigths, until every citizen shall be an Argus to espy, and an Aegeon to avenge, the unhallowed deed."

James Madison

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Swindling Futurity

"I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Debt

"To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones."

George Washington

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Debt

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes-a principle which, if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world."

Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Personal Merit

"In a Republic personal merit alone could be the ground of political exaltation, but it would rarely happen that this merit would be so pre-eminent as to produce universal acquiesence."

James Madison

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What do we mean by Revolution?

"As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar perhaps singular. What do we mean by the revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington."

John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Choicest Blessings and Natural Rights

"The liberty enjoyed by the people of these States of worshipping Almighty God, agreeably to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights."

George Washington

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Source of Rights

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."

Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Source of all Rights

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Safe Depositories

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories."

Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Bright Constellation

"Equal and exact justice to all men...freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of the person under the protection of haveas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected; these principles form the bright constellation that has gone before us."

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Experiment of Liberty

"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Occupy Your Life

"A people who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything."

George Washington

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Preservation of Freedom

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

James Madison

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Foundations

"Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it."
John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Equal Rights

"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

~ Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Broadest Foundation for Happiness

“When we practised by necessity the maxim of buying nothing but what we have money in our pockets to pay for lays the broadest foundation for happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mr. Skipwith, July 28, 1787

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Enemy

"War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is.
revolution is when you decide that for yourself.”

Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Principles of Freedom

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.

John Adams 1787

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Freedom's Existince

"It is favourable to liberty. Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal nor universal."

Benjamin Ruch 1786

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Education

"On education all our lives depend/ and few to that, too few, with care attend."

Benjamin Franklin "Poor Richard's Almanack" 1748

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Preserving Liberty

"Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among people."

John Adams

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Critical Examination

"The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind and I think are well worthy a critical examination by all students that have health and leisure."

James Madison

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Palladium

"I mean...to let you know how deeply I am impressed with a sense of the importance of Amendments, that the good people may clearly see the distinction-for there is a distinction, between the federal powers vested in Congress and the sovereign authority belonging to the several states, which is the Palladium of the private and personal rights of the citizens."

Samuel Adams

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Original Intent

"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."

James Wilson

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Legitimate Constitution

"I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful, exercise of it's powers...What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were taken in its modern sense."

James Madison

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Questions of Construction

"On every question of Construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollecting the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."

Thomas Jefferson to SCOTUS Justice William Johnson

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Medicating the Dead

"Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead."


~ Thomas Paine

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Value of Education

"A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."

James Madison

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Limits to Earthly Understanding

"How has it happened...that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?"

Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Actors

"The citizens of America...are from this period t be considered as the actors on a most conspicuous theater,which seems to be peculiarly designated by Providence for the display of human greatness and felicity."

George Washington

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Principles of Freedom

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."

John Adams

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Rising Sun

"At length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun."

Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Flow of Powers

"The national legislative powers ought to flow immediately from the people."

James Wilson (Delegate from Pennsylvania)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Foundation of Liberty

"The great fabric to be raised would be more stable and durable if it should rest on the solid foundation of the people themselves."

James Madison

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Brightest Morn

"I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds which have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any country."

George Washington

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Universal Truth

"It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."
James Madison

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Reality of Power

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws."
John Adams

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Force

"Force cannot change right."

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Subject of Religion

"The subject of religion, a subject on which I have ever been most scrupulously reserved, I have considered it as a matter between every man and his maker, in which no other, & far less the public had a right to intermeddle."

Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Acquit Yourselves like Men

"Banish unmanly fear, acquit yourselves like men, and with firm confidence trust the event with that Almighty and benevolent Being who hath commanded you to hold fast the liberty with which he has made you free; and who is able as well as willing to support you in performing his orders."

John Jay

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Freemen

"The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend.
Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty--that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men."

George Washington
General Orders August 23, 1776

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Great Cause

"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth."

Thomas Paine

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One Life to Lose

"I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

Nathan Hale

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"My affections are deeply rooted in America, and are of too long standing to admit of transplantation. In short, my friend, I can never become so far a citizen of the world as to view every part of it with equal regard; and perhaps nature is wiser in tying our hearts to our native soil, than they are who think they divest themselves of foibles in proportion as they wear away those bonds."

John Jay

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Real Liberty

"We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments."

Alexander Hamilton

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rights of Society

"Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society."

John Quincy Adams

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Amor Patriae

"Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families. The Amor Patriae is both a moral and a religious duty. It comprehends not only the love of our neighbors but of millions of our fellow creatures, not only of the present but of future generations. This virtue we find constitutes a part of the first characters of history."

Benjamin Rush

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


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The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Francis Scott Key

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Facts

"Facts are stubborn things."

John Adams

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Experience

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past."

Patric Henry

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Free Exercise of Religion

"It is true, we are not disposed to differ much, at present, about religion; but when we are making a constitution, it is to be hoped, for ages and millions yet unborn, why not establish the free exercise of religion as a part of the national compact."

Richard Henry Lee

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One of the Best in the World

"That the government, though not absolutely perfect, is one of the best in the world, I have little doubt."

George Washington

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Melancholy Reflection

"It is a melancholy reflection that liberty should be equally exposed to danger whether the Government have too much or too little power.

James Madison

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Good Government

"It is not enough to constitute a good government; it is equally indispensable to adopt such methods as may assure the permanency of a good government"

Thomas Paine

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Guardian of our Common Rights

"We have established a common Government, which, being free in its principles, being founded in our own choice, being intended as the guardian of our common rights and the patron of our common interests, and wisely containing within itself a provision for its own amendment as experience may point out its errors, seems to promise everything that can be expected from such an institution; and if supported by wise counsels, by virtuous conduct, and by mutual and friendly allowances, must approach as near to perfection as any human work can aspire, and nearer than any which the annals of mankind have recorded."

James Madison

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two Choices

"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants."

Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Preservation of Liberty

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people, for they are the
only sure reliance for the preservation of liberty.

~Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Wise and Frugal Government

"With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens -- a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."

~Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Unremitting Vigilance

"Very many and very meritorious were the worthy patriots who assisted in bringing back our government to its republican tack. To preserve it in that, will require unremitting vigilance."

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Greatest of Evils

“A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils.”

~Benjamin Rush (Signer of the Declaration, Letter to John Adams on July 21, 1789)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Transmuting the Very Nature of Limited Government

"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;
they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown un...der the power of Congress…. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America."

James Madison

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

John Adams

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Frame of Mind

‎"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances..."
~Martha Washington

Sunday, May 1, 2011

High Time

"Is it not High Time for the People of this Country explicitly to declare, whether they will be Freemen or Slaves? It is an important Question which ought to be decided. It concerns us more than any thing in this Life. The Salvation of our Souls is interested in the Event: For wherever Tyranny is establish'd, Immorality of every Kind comes in like a Torrent. It is in the interest of Tyrants to reduce the people to Ignorance and Vice. For they cannot live in any Country where Virtue and Knowledge prevail. The Religion and public Liberty of a People are intimately connected; their Interests are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this Reason, it is always observable, that those who are combined to destroy the People's Liberties, practice every Art to poison their Morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all Events, to put a Stop to the Progress of Tyranny."

Samuel Adams; Boston Gazette October 1772

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Participation

"We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate."


Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Restraint

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."

Patrick Henry

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Where to Stand

"Always stand on principle....even if you stand alone."

John Adams

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Limited Government

"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government."

Alexander Hamilton

Friday, April 15, 2011

Parasites

"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.


Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Value

"That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly."

Thomas Paine

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Two Types of Education

"There are two types of education... One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live."

John Adams

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Course of Years

"I believe… that this [the US Constitution] is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other."

Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Liberty Lost

"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

John Adams

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Cause of America

"The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind."

Thomas Paine
"Common Sense"; 1776

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Only Americans

"There ought to be no New England men, no New Yorker, &c., known on the Continent, but all of us Americans."

Christopher Gadsen
To Charles Garth; 1765

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Seat of Virtue

"May we ever be a people favoured of GOD. May our land be a land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, a name and a praise in the whole earth, until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the world in one common undistinguished ruin!"

Joseph Warren
Boston Massacre Oration; March, 1772

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obliged

"But we want no excuse for any supposed mistakes of our ancestors. Let us first see it prov'd that they were mistakes. 'Till then we must hold ourselves obliged to them for sentiments transmitted to us so worthy of their character, and so important to our security."

Samuel Adams
Boston Gazette; 1771

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Harder I Work

"I'm a firm believer in luck, and it seems the harder I work the more of it I have."

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Exceedingly Thankful

"When we view this country in its extent and variety of climates, soils, and produce, we ought to be exceeding thankful to divine goodness in bestowing it upon our forefathers, and giving it as an heritage for their children. We may call it the promised land, a good land and a large--a land of hills and vallies, of rivers, brooks and springs of water--a land of milk and honey, and wherin we may eat bread to the full. A land whose stones are iron, the most useful material in all nature, and of other choice mines and minerals; and a land whose rivers and adjacent seas are stored with the best of fish. In a word, no part of the habitable world can boast of so many natural advantages as this northern part of America."

Silas Downer
"A Discourse at the Dedication of the Tree of Liberty"; 1768

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Little Neglect

"A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost."

Benjamin Franklin
"Poor Richard's Almanack; 1745

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wonderous Works of Providence

"See the wonderous works of Providence! The uncertainty of human things!"

George Washington
To Robert Jackson; 1755

Sunday, March 6, 2011

An Armed Populace

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States."

Noah Webster
"An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution" 1787

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Becoming a Happy People

"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy."

Thomas Jefferson
To Thomas Cooper; 1802

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Perpetual Debt

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Samuel Kercheval; 1816

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Honesty is the Best Policy

"I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy."

George Washington
Farewell Address; 1796

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Honest Man"

"I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain...the character of an "Honest Man.""

George Washington
Letter to Hamilton; 1788

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Worth of an Honest Man

"Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the eyes of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."

Thomas Paine
"Common Sense" 1776

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bound

Not a Founding Father, but a great man:

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand
with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right."

Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Freemen

"The hour is fast approaching on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend.
"Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty--that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men."

George Washington
General Orders; August 23, 1776

Sunday, February 6, 2011

No Greater Cause

"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth."

Thomas Paine
"Common Sense" 1776

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hold Fast Liberty

"Banish unmanly fear, acquit yourselves like men, and with firm confidence trust the event with that Almighty and benevolent Being who hath commanded you to hold fast the liberty with which he has made you free; and who is able as well as willing to support you in performing his orders."

John Jay
To the General Committee of Tyron County; 1777

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Noble Rank

"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God...Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliments."

John Adams
"Dissertaion on teh Canon and Feudal Law"; 1765

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jurisdiction

"The Opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under it's jurisdiction."

Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Statue of Religious Freedom 1779

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pretended Patriotism

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism”

George Washington

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Very Nature of Limited Government

"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress.

Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America."

James Madison
(referring to a bill to subsidize cod fisherman, introduced in the first year of the new Congress)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Reasonable People

"The system, though it may not be perfect in every part, is, upon the whole, a good one; is the best that the present views and circumstances of the country will permit; and is such an one as promises every species of security which a reasonable people can desire"
~Alexander Hamilton; Federalist Papers #85

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Gifts from God

"...can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!"

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Contending with Great Difficulties

"These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues."

Abigail Adams; letter to John Quincy Adams (1780-01-19 )

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Governing the Affairs of Men

"I have lived sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing truths I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that 'except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.' I firmly believe this, and I also believe without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. I therefore beg leave, to move that, henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and it's blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business."

Benjamin Franklin