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You're often told by political commentators and pundits what the Founding Fathers thought and intended. The fact is, they didn't all necessarily think the same, any more than politicians today all believe the same things. Here are some interesting things (of course, quoted out of context) that they are known to have said.
1, "Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety."
2.We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth that religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man: and that it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.
-James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance to the Assembly of Virginia [quoted here]
3."He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
--Thomas Paine [quoted here]
4. "A general dissolution of Principles and Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader . . . If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
-Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams [quoted here]
5."Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
6. 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 [quoted here]
7. [R]eligion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practise Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.
--George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights (with James Madison [quoted here]
9. “Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.”
— John Dickinson (Delaware Delegate to the Constitutional Convention) [quoted here]
10. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
11."Liberty is a word which, according as it is used,comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good."
12. "The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will."
13. The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO RESPONDED:
- Journeywoman of JOURNEYWOMAN (see T13 post here)
- Mailyah of PICTURE CLUSTERS (see T13 post here)
- WACKY MOMMY (see T13 post here)
- Hazel of ADELINE & HAZEL (see T13 post here)
- Ed of ED'S THREAD (see T13 post here)
- Thomma Lyn of TENNESSEE TEXT WRESTLING (see T13 post here)
- Wylie of WYLIE'S WORDS (see T13 here)
- Gattina of WRITER'S CRAMPS (see T13 here)
- Ben Clapton of TOP LEFT HAND PAGE (see T13 here)
- Samulli of EVERYONE LIES (see T13 here)
- Jennie of UNABRIDGED OPINIONS (see T13 here)
- Malcolm of POP CULTURE DISH (see T13 here)
- Candy Minx of THE GNOSTIC WORLD OF CANDY MINX (see T13 here)
- JHS of COLLOQUIUM (see T13 here)
- Chris of MY 2 CENTS (see T13 here)
- L-Squared of DOG'S EYE VIEW (see T13 here)
- Lyn of BLOGGIN' OUTLOUD (see T13 here)
- Marcia of TUMBLED WORDS (see T13 here)
- Veronica of VERONICA ARCH (see T13 here)
- Michelle B of RANDOM RAMBLINGS (see T-13 here)