The Founding Philosophies
I enjoy Tom Jefferson the most...Was he aligned with his truth in deed? There is a whiff of all for one and one for all, except if we don't agree with you-ness about patriotism, huh?
Date: 7/3/2006 8:19:52 AM ( 16 y ) ... viewed 1565 times
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781
The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787
****They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.(amen)
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.
James Madison, Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
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