Daily Quote 6/18-22/2007
Monday, June 18, 2007.
"In the midst of these pleasing ideas we should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections."
--John Adams (Inaugural Address, March 1797); Reference: Inaugural Addresses of the residents of the United States.
"The state governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective states, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens."
--Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833); Reference: Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 191.
"Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security." [emphasis added, mine.]
--Samuel Adams (letter to Thomas Wells, 22 November 1780); Reference: The Writing of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, ed., vol. 4 (225).
"In our progress toward political happiness my station is new; and if I may use the expression, I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which. may not hereafter be drawn into precedent."
--George Washington (letter to Catherine MacAulay, 9 January 1790); Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (537).
"[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."
--Benjamin Rush (On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, 1806); Reference: Original Intent, Barton (153); original Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosohpical, Rush (8).
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