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ARTICLE: Thomas Jefferson Is Rightly Remembered As a Great Founding Father

Every school child is imbued with a history of the American Revolution that glorifies the great accomplishments, political, military and social, of the famous founding fathers. We learn that George Washington; the Father of the United States was a great military leader, farmer, p[MORE]

ARTICLE: Legalized Immorality - Clarence Manion

IT must be remembered that 95 per cent of the peace, order, and welfare existing in human society is always produced by the conscientious practice of man-to-man justice and person-to-person charity. When any part of this important domain of personal virtue is transferred to gover[MORE]

ARTICLE: A Short Interview With Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most interesting and amazing figures of the American colonial period. This is a fantasy interview with him, designed to entertain and enlighten.[MORE]

Quote 302 details Share on Google+ - Quote 302 Linked In Share Button - Quote 302 Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

James Madison: Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
The Federalist Papers

Quote 534 details Share on Google+ - Quote 534 Linked In Share Button - Quote 534 Since private and publick Vices, are in Reality, though not always apparently, so nearly connected, of how much Importance, how necessary is it, that the utmost Pains be taken by the Publick, to have the Principles of Virtue early inculcated on the Minds even of children, and the moral Sense kept alive, and that the wise institutions of our Ancestors for these great Purposes be encouraged by the Government. For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.

Samuel Adams: Letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775

Quote 642 details Share on Google+ - Quote 642 Linked In Share Button - Quote 642 I think also, that general virtue is more probably to be expected and obtained from the education of youth, than from exhortations of adult persons; bad habits and vices of the mind being, like diseases of the body, more easily prevented than cured. I think moreover, that talents for the education of youth are the gift of God; and that he on whom they are bestowed, whenever a way is opened for use of them, is as strongly called as if he heard a voice from heaven...

Quote 839 details Share on Google+ - Quote 839 Linked In Share Button - Quote 839 I grant this mode of secluding boys from the intercourse of private families has a tendency to make them scholars, but our business is to make them men, citizens, and Christians. The vices of young people are generally learned from each other. The vices of adults seldom infect them. By separating them from each other, therefore, in their hours of relaxation from study, we secure their morals from a principal source of corruption, while we improve their manners by subjecting them to those restraints which the difference of age and sex naturally produce in private families.

Benjamin Rush: Unknown

Quote 880 details Share on Google+ - Quote 880 Linked In Share Button - Quote 880 I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.

George Washington: letter to John Sinclair, July 20, 1794

Quote 928 details Share on Google+ - Quote 928 Linked In Share Button - Quote 928 To draw around the whole nation the strength of the General Government, as a barrier against foreign foes, ... to equalize and moderate the public contributions, that while the requisite services are invited by due remuneration, nothing beyond this may exist to attract the attention of our citizens from the pursuits of useful industry, nor unjustly to burden those who continue in those pursuits - these are function of the general Government on which you have a right to call.

Quote 1028 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1028 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1028 Where slavery exists the republic theory becomes still more fallacious.

Quote 1043 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1043 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1043 We must not in the course of public life expect immediate approbation and immediate grateful acknowledgement of our services. But let us persevere through abuse and even injury. The internal satisfaction of a good conscience is always present, and time will do us justice in the minds of the people, even those at present the most prejudiced against us.

Benjamin Franklin: letter to Joseph Galloway, December 2, 1772
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Quote 1071 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1071 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1071 There—for your entertainment & amusement, will pass before you in Review the rise and fall of succeding Empires, from the birth of time to the present period—there you will at leisure Review the various Stages, and shifting scenes of the last glorious Revolution, in which you, Sir, with your compatriot Army, have reaped the Laurels of the well-fought Field, and returned triumphant with the plaudit of a gazing World. there, you will enjoy the pleasing satisfaction of viewing, as the fruit of your services in those "anxious days and nights" spent in conflicting War, an Empire rising with unrivalled dignity—And there—not confined to the present sphere, your contemplations will expand, and look forward to the brighter scenes of Eternity, and anticipate that future glory which the "pure and benign light of Revelation" most perfective of human Virtue, has taught you so firmly to realize—and there—will you, greatly perfect in those virtues which "were the characteristic of the divine author of our blessed Religion, & in humble imitation of whom," you will ripen for that seat of immortal felicity, to which, when satisfied with life, may you be raptured by an Escort of Guardian Angels. I have the honor to be with all imaginable respect

Lyman Hall: letter to George Washington, 15 August 1783

Quote 1092 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1092 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1092 I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better.

Quote 1180 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1180 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1180 It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the
protection of a free government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal
services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official
exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform
Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called
forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.

George Washington: letter to Alexander Hamilton (2 May 1783)

Quote 1205 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1205 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1205 Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union, the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassment created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, very serious impediments; and were the sentiments of several adjoining States happen to be in Union, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.

Quote 1345 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1345 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1345 Tis not country that peoples either the Bridewells or the Bedlams. These mansions of wretchedness are tenanted from the distresses and vices of overgrown cities.

James Madison: Essay in the National Gazette, March 3, 1792
The Quotable Founding Fathers

Quote 1398 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1398 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1398 . . . I am as heartily tired of the knavery and stupidity of the generality of mankind as you can be; but it is our duty to stem the Current, as much as we can and to do all the service in our power, to our Country and our friends. The consciousness of having done so, will be the greatest of all rewards. I have very little hope from the present race, they are too much infested with the vices of Britain, but by proper regulations to enlarge the understanding and improve the morals of the rising generation; we may give a fair opportunity to succeeding Patriots, of making their Country flourishing and happy. but this must be the work of Peace. in the meantime, we must struggle with the present degeneracy and present as much of its bad effects, as possible.