Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Duty Owed

"That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other."

~James Madison (with George Mason); Virginia Declaration of Rights, Article XVI

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Seed of Revolution

"What do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.

This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution."

~John Adams

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Liberty Without Virtue

"Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us."

~Benjamin Rush, Letter to John Adams (August 8, 1777)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Serving Justice

"Justice will not be served, until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are."

~Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Conducive to the Publik Weal

"That government is, or ought to be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation or community...and that when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter or abolish it, in such a manner as shall be judged conducive to the publik weal."

~George Mason; Draft of Virginia Declaration of Rights; 1776

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Perfect Reliance

No man has a more perfect Reliance on the alwise and powerful dispensations of the Supreme Being than I have nor thinks his aid more necessary."

~George Washington; letter to William Gordon, May 1776

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Good Heads and Good Hearts

"I first saw the Constitution of the United States in a foreign country. Irritated by no literary altercation, animated by no public debate, heated by no party animosity, I read it with great satisfaction, as the result of good heads prompted by good hearts, as an experiment better adapted to the genius, character, situation, and relations of this nation and country than any which had ever been proposed or suggested."

John Adams

First Inaugural Address

March 04, 1797

Sunday, May 4, 2014


"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."

~George Washington; Farewell Address, September 17, 1796