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ARTICLE: I Am America


This text is written from the point of view, that if the land of America could talk, what it may say to the people, telling them of the freedom that can be had in America. Quotes from some of the greatest men that this nation has ever known. The great diversity that is this great[MORE]

ARTICLE: John Adams Teaches Us How to Overcome


Today we are facing so many social, political and economic difficulties that many people wonder whether we will be able to overcome them. Questioning whether we are able to turn around a failing system is a pertinent question because, when honestly asked, it confronts reality. A [MORE]

ARTICLE: The United States Constitution - Part 1 - The Preamble


What is the purpose of this Constitution? To form a more perfect Union. This preamble is written to give Everyone notice: We Are Coming Of Age![MORE]

ARTICLE: Democracy or Republic?


Despite clear historical evidence showing that the United States was established as a republic and not a democracy, there is still confusion regarding the difference between these two very different systems of government.  Some confusion stems because the word “democracy” is[MORE]

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If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!


Quote 84 details Share on Google+ - Quote 84 Linked In Share Button - Quote 84 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 Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.


Quote 111 details Share on Google+ - Quote 111 Linked In Share Button - Quote 111 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, May 7, 1798

Quote 172 details Share on Google+ - Quote 172 Linked In Share Button - Quote 172 If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams: Unknown

Quote 276 details Share on Google+ - Quote 276 Linked In Share Button - Quote 276 Much of the Strength and Efficiency of any Government in procuring and securing Happiness to the People depends on Opinion, on the general Opinion of the Goodness of that Government as well as of the Wisdom and Integrity of its Governors. I hope therefore that for our own Sakes, as a Part of the People, and for the sake of our Posterity we shall act heartily and unanimously in recommending this Constitution, wherever our Influence may extend, and turn our future Thoughts and Endeavors to the Means of having it well administered.

Benjamin Franklin: Speech on Sept. 17 1787

Quote 340 details Share on Google+ - Quote 340 Linked In Share Button - Quote 340 Is it not the glory of the people of America, that whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness

James Madison: Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787
The Federalist Papers

Quote 409 details Share on Google+ - Quote 409 Linked In Share Button - Quote 409 As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense, 1776
Quoted Document: Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Quote 416 details Share on Google+ - Quote 416 Linked In Share Button - Quote 416 Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense, 1776
Quoted Document: Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Quote 428 details Share on Google+ - Quote 428 Linked In Share Button - Quote 428 When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Thomas Paine: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Quoted Document: Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Quote 434 details Share on Google+ - Quote 434 Linked In Share Button - Quote 434 And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.

George Washington: The Newburgh Address, January 2, 1783

Quote 467 details Share on Google+ - Quote 467 Linked In Share Button - Quote 467 It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

George Washington: letter to the Legislature of Pennsylvania, September 5, 1789

Quote 502 details Share on Google+ - Quote 502 Linked In Share Button - Quote 502 The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

George Washington: General Orders, August 23, 1776

Quote 547 details Share on Google+ - Quote 547 Linked In Share Button - Quote 547 If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen

Samuel Adams: Speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

Quote 620 details Share on Google+ - Quote 620 Linked In Share Button - Quote 620 We are bound to defray expenses [of the war] within our own time, and are unauthorized to burden posterity with them.... We shall all consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves and consequently within the life [expectancy] of the majority


Quote 666 details Share on Google+ - Quote 666 Linked In Share Button - Quote 666 Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them, if we ba...sely entail hereditary bondage upon them.


Quote 667 details Share on Google+ - Quote 667 Linked In Share Button - Quote 667 Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.

John Adams: Unknown

Quote 688 details Share on Google+ - Quote 688 Linked In Share Button - Quote 688 And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the priciple of spending money to be paid by posterity, uner the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to John Taylor 28 May 1816

Quote 721 details Share on Google+ - Quote 721 Linked In Share Button - Quote 721 Oh for a fleet that could look the pourdest power in Europe in the face, on this our rightful Western Ocean! But alas, it must be left to posterity -- at the age of 50 I can't expect to view it unless from above.


Quote 825 details Share on Google+ - Quote 825 Linked In Share Button - Quote 825 To look up to a government that establishes justice, insures order, cherishes virtue, secures property, and protects from every species of violence, affords a pleasure, that can only be exceeded by looking up in all circumstances to an overruling providence. Such a pleasure I hope is before us, and our posterity under the influence of the new government.

Benjamin Rush: To David Ramsay, 1788

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After the lapse of six thousand years since the Creation of the world, America now presents the first instance of a people assembled to weight deliberately and calmly, and to decide leisurely and peaceably, upon the form of government by which they will bind themselves and their posterity.

James Wilson: Speech on Proposed Federal Constitution, November 24, 1787

Quote 857 details Share on Google+ - Quote 857 Linked In Share Button - Quote 857 Government, indeed, taken as a science, may yet be considered in its infancy; and with all its various modifications, it has hitherto been the result of force, fraud, or accident. For, after the lapse of six thousand years since the creation of the world, America now presents the first instance of a people assembled to weigh deliberately and calmly, and to decide leisurely and peaceably, upon the form of government by which they will bind themselves and their posterity.

James Wilson: Opening Address, Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention, Nov 14, 1787



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