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ARTICLE: The Failure of the Founders of The US Constitution


Several years ago I began to feel overwhelmed by all the reports coming from Washington, especially the multitude of deficit spending and I decided to get involved. I began asking myself if the Founders may have overlooked something in the U.S. Constitution which could have preve[MORE]

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: Interview with Benjamin Franklin


It was my honor to sit down with Benjamin Franklin to discuss his views on some of the common topics of the day as well as his view of what the "American Dream" is. The following post contains that interview and some interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin.[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: The First Leftist


Our founding fathers, along with the first Leftists who were of the same political faith, were well aware that individual freedom and personal responsibility for one's own welfare are equal and inseparable parts of the same truth. They knew that history amply supports this tru[MORE]

BOOK: Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence


Most people know the importance of the Declaration of Independence, but few know much about its signers. This reprint of an 1848 original provides a brief biography on each of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration. Learn the virtues of these venerated Americans who helped crea[MORE]

PEOPLE: Edmund Pendleton


Edmund Pendleton (September 9, 1721 – October 23, 1803) was a Virginia planter, politician, lawyer and judge. He served in the Virginia legislature before and during the American Revolutionary War, rising to the position of Speaker. Pendleton attended the First Continental Cong[MORE]

Quote 50 details Share on Google+ - Quote 50 Linked In Share Button - Quote 50 Frugality is an enriching virtue, a virtue I never could acquire in myself, but I was once lucky enough to find it in a wife, who thereby became a fortune to me.

Benjamin Franklin: To Miss Alexander (24 June 1782)

Quote 71 details Share on Google+ - Quote 71 Linked In Share Button - Quote 71 His Example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read.

John Adams: message to the U.S. Senate, December 19, 1799

Quote 73 details Share on Google+ - Quote 73 Linked In Share Button - Quote 73 Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the "latent spark"... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?

John Adams: the Novanglus, 1775
Quoted Document: Novanglus Essay Number 1

Quote 79 details Share on Google+ - Quote 79 Linked In Share Button - Quote 79 If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?

John Adams: Thoughts on Government, 1776

Quote 82 details Share on Google+ - Quote 82 Linked In Share Button - Quote 82 It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of freemen, without one noble or one king among them. You say it is impossible. If I should agree with you in this, I would still say, let us try the experiment, and preserve our equality as long as we can. A better system of education for the common people might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distinctions of right and wrong, virtue and vice.

John Adams: letter to Count Sarsfield, February 3, 1786

Quote 85 details Share on Google+ - Quote 85 Linked In Share Button - Quote 85 It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.

John Adams: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

Quote 94 details Share on Google+ - Quote 94 Linked In Share Button - Quote 94 Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.

John Adams: letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776

Quote 101 details Share on Google+ - Quote 101 Linked In Share Button - Quote 101 The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.

John Adams: letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776

Quote 108 details Share on Google+ - Quote 108 Linked In Share Button - Quote 108 We ought to consider what is the end of government before we determine which is the best form. Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree that the happiness of society is the end of government, as all divines and moral philosophers will agree that the happiness of the individual is the end of man....All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue.

John Adams: Thoughts on Government, 1776

Quote 110 details Share on Google+ - Quote 110 Linked In Share Button - Quote 110 Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates... to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.

John Adams: Thoughts on Government, 1776

Quote 124 details Share on Google+ - Quote 124 Linked In Share Button - Quote 124 As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others.

Alexander Hamilton: speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June, 1788

Quote 162 details Share on Google+ - Quote 162 Linked In Share Button - Quote 162 It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station [of President] filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 68, March 14, 1788
The Federalist Papers
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

Quote 176 details Share on Google+ - Quote 176 Linked In Share Button - Quote 176 It is a common observation here [Europe] that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own. It is a glorious task assigned us by Providence, which has, I trust, given us spirit and virtue equal to it, and will at last crown it with success.

Benjamin Franklin: Letter to Samuel Cooper (1 May 1777)

Quote 186 details Share on Google+ - Quote 186 Linked In Share Button - Quote 186 The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788
The Federalist Papers

Quote 225 details Share on Google+ - Quote 225 Linked In Share Button - Quote 225 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.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 55, February 15, 1788
The Federalist Papers

Quote 257 details Share on Google+ - Quote 257 Linked In Share Button - Quote 257 Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 19, 1787

Quote 284 details Share on Google+ - Quote 284 Linked In Share Button - Quote 284 For I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

Thomas Jefferson: October 28, 1813

Quote 285 details Share on Google+ - Quote 285 Linked In Share Button - Quote 285 Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you... From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785



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