Monthly Archives: December 2013

Preventing the Perversion of Power into Tyranny

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny] are to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that … they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” — Thomas Jefferson, A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 1779

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May the Father of All Mercies Scatter Light Upon Our Paths…

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington at Valley Forge

“May the Father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” — George Washington (1790)

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Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States

Signing of the Constitution of the United States, 1787

Signing of the Constitution of the United States, 1787

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” — Article II, Section 1, Constitution of the United States (1787)

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As I Would Not Be a Slave, So I Would Not Be a Master…

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” — Abraham Lincoln

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A Sacred Respect for the Constitutional Law is the Vital Principle…

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“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

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Let There Be No Change to the Constitution by Usurpation

George Washington Portrait

George Washington

“If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield.” — George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

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If Government Fails to Secure Public Prosperity and Happiness…

Noah Webster

Noah Webster

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ …The preservation of government depends on  the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. …If government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” — Noah Webster — “History of the United States”, Chapter XIX (advice no.49 in his “Advice to the Young”); 1832.

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