Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Thirst of Power Will Prevail to Oppress the People

George Mason

George Mason

“[C]onsidering the natural lust for power so inherent in man, I fear the thirst of power will prevail to oppress the people.” — George Mason, speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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Filed under Abuse & Misuse of Power, Founding Fathers, George Mason, Limited Government, Rule of Law, Tyranny

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land…

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” – Lev. XXV, v. X (Inscription on the Liberty Bell, from Leviticus 25.10)

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There is But One Law for All…

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

“There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity — the law of nature, and of nations.” — Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No 1, 1776

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Filed under American Revolution, Character, Courage, Founding Fathers, Freedom/Liberty, Independence, Individual Responsibility, Patriotism, Thomas Paine, Virtue

We Must Not Let Our Rulers Load Us with Perpetual Debt

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” — Thomas Jefferson

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If the President Alone was Vested with the Power…

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman

“If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism.” — Roger Sherman, to John Adams, 1789

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No Man Can Well Doubt the Propriety of Placing a President of the United States Under the Most Solemn Obligations to Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution

Joseph Story

Joseph Story

“No man can well doubt the propriety of placing a president of the United States under the most solemn obligations to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution. It is a suitable pledge of his fidelity and responsibility to his country; and creates upon his conscience a deep sense of duty, by an appeal, at once in the presence of God and man, to the most sacred and solemn sanctions, which can operate upon the human mind.” — Joseph Story (1833)

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