Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Natural Cure for an Ill-Administration…

Alexander Hamilton

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” — Alexander Hamilton

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No Compact Among Men…

George Washington

“No compact among men… can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington, draft of first Inaugural Address, 1789

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Guard Liberty By Making Laws Strong Enough to Protect It

Fisher Ames

“I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but…I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it.”— Fisher Ames, letter to George Richard Minot, 1789. Fisher Ames, of Dedham in Massachusetts, was one of the most eloquent Federalists at the time of America’s birth. An ardent opponent of Jeffersonian democracy, Ames feared the worst for the new nation, predicting spiritual decay and social anarchy.

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When People Forget God Tyrants Forge Their Chains

Patrick Henry

“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” – Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.

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The Most Sacred Duty – Respect for the Constitution and Laws

Alexander Hamilton

“If it be asked, ‘What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic?’ The answer would be, ‘An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last, a sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.’” ―Alexander Hamilton, Essay in the American Daily Advertiser (1794-08-28)

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Liberty Cannot Be Preserved without a General Knowledge Among the People

John Adams

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” – John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

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Prayers Imploring the Assistance of Heaven

Benjamin Franklin

“I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.” – Benjamin Franklin, Request for Prayers at the Constitutional Convention (July 28, 1787)

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