-- John Adams, Journal, 1772
"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."
-- John Adams, Journal, 1772
John Adams: "Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people"
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other."
-- John Adams
PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS TO THE PENNSYLVANIA COMMITTEE OF SAFETY.
Philadelphia, July 5, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: I do myself the honour to enclose, in obedience to the commands of Congress, a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which I am directed to request you will have proclaimed in your Colony in the way and manner which you shall judge best.
The American States being now forever divided from those who wished to destroy them, it has become absolutely necessary, for their security and happiness, to adopt some Government of their own. In this view of the matter, the important consequences flowing from a Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation thereof, will naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a mode that the people may be universally informed of it.
I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient and very humble servant,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.
Honourable Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania
"Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind."
-- James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
-- Alexander Hamilton
"The instruments, by which [government] must act, are either the authority of the Laws or force. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; ... and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government, there is an end to liberty."
"You know I have become a student of Greek history. I have learned that there was an ancient Greek city-state that had a custom that anyone who proposed a new law or program for government did so with a noose around his neck and standing on a chair, with the other end tied to a tree. If they liked the proposal he made they removed the noose, if they didn't they removed the chair. I have developed a morbid fascination for the customs of ancient Greece."
-- Ronald Reagan, speech to Young Americans for Freedom; July 20, 1974: San Francisco
*Thanks to Guy Stevenson for uncovering this great quote!
George Washington: Not on my watch
"The executive branch of this government never has, nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity."
-- George Washington, letter to Gouverneur Morris, 1795
"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you."
-- Will Rogers
"Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."
-- Will Rogers
The government is operating under a flawed understanding about human nature.
February 22, 2012
by JOEL HILLIKER
Crucial question: Do you think human nature is fundamentally good—or evil?
The difference between these two opposing views forms the heart of a crisis in the United States right now.
The common liberal view of human nature is that it is fundamentally good and should be given room to flourish. The biblical and realist view is that it is fundamentally evil and must be conscientiously governed.
Thankfully, America’s Founders took the latter view. As a result, the system of government they created has stood for over two centuries and done much to guarantee the nation’s success.
They realized that government is necessary in order to check the evils of human nature in society. They also recognized—having fought and bled in order to free themselves from a tyrant—that firm limits on power are needed in order to check the evils of human nature within the government.
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In the Constitution, the American Founders established a system that successfully governs the government.
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Read this story at thetrumpet.com ...
"Just as 'good fences make for good neighbors,' good government is mainly about knowing where the legitimate boundaries are, and having the courage to defend those borders forcefully. This is true in terms of the defense of our territory, our security, and our national sovereignty, of course, but it also applies to the imperative duty all of those in government have to equally protect the God-given, unalienable rights of each individual person, their sacred obligation to stay well within the Enumerated Powers of our Constitution, and of the role government must play in balancing the competing rights and interests of the American people."
-- Tom Hoefling, 2012 presidential nominee of America's Party
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