Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Here's some Founding Father quotes in honor of Independence Day.  Forgive me if I raise your blood pressure. :-)

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.  James Madison
If Americans still believed this, I think we’d still find the 10 commandments in the schools.  People just don’t have any understanding of history anymore.  Kids are being told that our Founding Fathers were far from religious.  It is not so. 

 “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” Benjamin Franklin

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from
wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson
That’s one of my favorites.  “Under the pretense of taking care of them.” Sounds familiar for some reason. 

That government is best which governs the least, because people discipline themselves.” Thomas Jefferson

My
reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Thomas Jefferson   
Thomas Jefferson knew his history.  Isn’t it funny how knowing the past will protect our future—help us make better decisions—and yet the schools are trying to eliminate teaching any history before WW1?  It’s hard to teach the story of the Pilgrims without letting it get out that they were Christians running from a place that was persecuting them.  

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”-Benjamin Franklin

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens.” George Washington Farwell Address

I love reading Founding Father quotes...and it is SOOOO hard to choose which ones to put on here.  Here's a good website with more of them:

 http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/founding.html

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