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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Federalists Daily Quotes 8/21/2005

Monday, August 1, 2005
"No one more sincerely wishes the spread of information among mankind than I do, and none has greater confidence in its effect towards supporting free and good government." --Thomas Jefferson
(letter to Trustees for the Lottery of East Tennessee College, 6 May 1810)
Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, ed., vol. 5 (521)

Tuesday, August 2, 2005
"Without wishing to damp the ardor of curiosity or influence the freedom of inquiry, I will hazard a prediction that, after the most industrious and impartial researchers, the longest liver of you all will find no principles, institutions or systems of education more fit in general to be transmitted to your posterity than those you have received from your ancestors." --John Adams
(letter to the young men of the Philadelphia, 7 May 1798)
Reference: The Works of John Adams, C.F. Adams, ed., vol. 9 (188)

I believe this to be true. It is just a shame that I only came to this realization after leaving school. Maybe it was due to the fact that I knew the teachers were feeding me a line of PC. Maybe it was because the teachers tried to trash the country I love. Whatever the case, I am grateful I came to realize this fact in time. Maybe I can be able to help someone young to see this truth.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005
"As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another." --James Madison
(Federalist No. 55, 15 February 1788)
Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 55.

Imagine that. They saw this world as it stands today way back in their own time! For those of us whom virtue is an achievement, we know we stumble yet continue to climb. For those of whom see no virtue, they also see no hope. So sad.

Thursday, August 4, 2005
"Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit-appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free...." --Joseph Warren
(American account of the Battle of Lexington, 26 April 1775)
Reference: Documents of American History, Commager, ed., vol. 1 (99)

Our freedom was worth fighting for which lasted several years, as well as the writing of our Constitution. The Iraqis are in that same process as of this writing. Many Americans are upset at the length of time it is taking. This is curious. Do they know we had a 1st Continental Congress AND a 2nd Continental Congress? Yes, those were two constitutions written that failed. Do they desire the Iraqis to fail? I do not believe that at all! I do, however, believe we should improve our own educational system as well as our supposed grown-ups need to relax.

Friday, August 5, 2005
"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God... Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments." --John Adams
Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765)
Reference: The Most Nearly Perfect Solution, Guinness, 3-26; and John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty, Thompson, 54.

Rights granted by God shall never be taken by man. Period.