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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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If Citizens Place Unprincipled Men in Office the Government Will Soon Be Corrupted

Noah Webster

Noah Webster

“[I]f the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. … If a republican 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

 

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Before a Standing Army Can Rule the People Must Be Disarmed

Noah Webster

Noah Webster

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” — Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787

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The Virtues of Men are of More Consequence to Society than Their Abilities…

Noah Webster

Noah Webster

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” — Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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Every Child in America Should Be Acquainted with His Own Country…

Noah Webster

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country”. ― Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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When Selecting Men for Office – Look to Character…

Noah Webster

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character.” – Noah Webster (1789)

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The Whole Body of People are Armed and Constitute a Force Superior to Any Band of Regular Troops

Noah Webster

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”  – Noah Webster

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