These words of wisdom are good to remember concerning our nation‘s founding. Moreover, we can disover why our nation is great and why moving away from the founding principles of life, liberty and the persuit of happiness leads to suffering and destruction.
“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.”
— David Hume
“This democracy will cease to exist whe take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“We [Federal Government] have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.”
— Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Treasury Secretary after reviewing the unemployment figures in1939.
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
—George Washington from his Farewell Address, 1796
“No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign Invaders.”
— Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775
"The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it." — James Madison, letter to Frederick Beasley, 1825
"And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need its assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"
— Benjamin Franklin, Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention, 1787
"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever." --Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781
"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 "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy." --British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
"Those who have been intoxicated with power ... can never willingly abandon it." --British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
"Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke." --American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
"[A] wise and frugal government ... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." --Thomas Jefferson "People unfit for freedom -- who cannot do much with it -- are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a 'have' type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a 'have not' type of self." --American writer and philosopher Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience." --French Algerian author Albert Camus (1913-1960)
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." --James Madison