Category Archives: Independence

Hold on to the Constitution and to the Republic for Which it Stands…

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” — Daniel Webster

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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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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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The Most Perfect Freedom Consists in Obeying the Dictates of Right Reason and Submitting to Natural Law

Samuel West

Samuel West

“The most perfect freedom consists in obeying the dictates of right reason, and submitting to Natural Law. When a man goes beyond or contrary to the Law of Nature and reason, he becomes the slave of base passions and vile lusts; he introduces confusion and disorder into society, and brings misery and destruction upon himself. This, therefore, cannot be called a state of freedom, but a state of the vilest slavery and the most dreadful bondage.” — Samuel West (1776). A Patriot Pastor and a Chaplain in the Continental Army, the Reverend Samuel West  (March 3, 1730-September 24, 1807) was a graduate of Harvard College, a member of the committee to frame the Constitution of Massachusetts, and a member of the ratifying Convention to adopt the U.S. Constitution.

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God Who Gave Us Life Gave Us Liberty

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” — Thomas Jefferson, 1774

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Liberties are the Gift of God

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“And 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 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 forever.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781

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I Am for Not Making the Poor Easy in Poverty…

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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