Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 4, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: |

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!
 
In honor of the sanctity of this day, I would like to pay tribute to our founding fathers. It is amazing how pertinent they are to today. Here are some inspirational quotes found in the pages of American History, from the first three presidents… enjoy!
 
George Washington: “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
 
“The time is now and near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission… We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or to die.”
 
“In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”
 
” A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master. “
 
John Adams: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for ever more.”
 
“The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
 
“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
 
“The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefensible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge –  I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.”
 
Thomas Jefferson: ” I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.”
 
“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God”
 
“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.”
 
“The way to have safe government is not to trust it all to the one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions in which he is competent… To let the National Government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and it’s foreign and federal relations… The State Governments with the civil Rights, Laws, Police and administration of what concerns the State generally. The Counties with local concerns, and each ward direct the interests within itself. It is by dividing and subdividing these Republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the administration of everyman’s farm by himself, by placing under everyone what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.”
 
“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
 
“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
 
“Most bad government has grown out of too much government.”
 
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
 
A BONUS QUOTE FROM JOHN LOCKE: “The reason why men enter into society, is the preservation of their property; and the end why they chuse and authorize a legislative, is, that there may be laws made, and rules set, as guards and fences to the properties of all the members of the society, to limit the power, and moderate the dominion, of every part and member of the society: for since it can never be supposed to be the will of the society, that the legislative should have a power to destroy that which every one designs to secure, by entering into society, and for which the people submitted themselves to legislators of their own making; whenever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.”  John Locke [Second Treatise of Government, (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1980) Pg. 111]
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