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« Reply #1450 on: February 19, 2014, 11:21:50 AM »

"The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position." --George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
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« Reply #1451 on: February 20, 2014, 11:45:38 AM »

"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, honor, 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, 1776
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« Reply #1452 on: February 24, 2014, 10:43:43 AM »

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." --James Madison, Federalist No. 45, 1788
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« Reply #1453 on: February 25, 2014, 11:49:15 AM »

"[J]udges ... should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men." --John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
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« Reply #1454 on: February 26, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »

"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." --Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791
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« Reply #1455 on: February 27, 2014, 12:01:25 PM »

"We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties, and history bears witness to the fact that a just nation is trusted on its word when recourse is had to armaments and wars to bridle others." --Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, 1805
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« Reply #1456 on: February 28, 2014, 06:41:43 PM »



"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as
they ought." --Samuel Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771
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« Reply #1457 on: March 03, 2014, 10:52:19 AM »

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and
not as the gift of their chief magistrate." --Thomas Jefferson, Rights of
British America, 1774
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« Reply #1458 on: March 03, 2014, 01:38:46 PM »

http://online.hillsdale.edu/course/con101/part02/part02/lecture
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« Reply #1459 on: March 04, 2014, 12:18:17 PM »


"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their
own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
--James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, 1822
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« Reply #1460 on: March 05, 2014, 05:42:14 PM »

"But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance,
may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free
governments are destroyed." --George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
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« Reply #1461 on: March 11, 2014, 12:12:32 PM »



"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it." --James Wilson, Of the Study of Law in the United States, 1790
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« Reply #1462 on: March 12, 2014, 11:06:25 AM »

"[T]he most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome." --James Madison, Federalist No. 39, 1788
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« Reply #1463 on: March 13, 2014, 08:06:41 PM »

"The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a greater 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, 1776
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« Reply #1464 on: March 14, 2014, 11:10:22 AM »

"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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« Reply #1465 on: March 17, 2014, 11:02:48 AM »

THE FOUNDATION
"The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case the words are susceptible of two different senses, the one strict, the other more enlarged, that should be adopted, which is most consonant with the apparent objects and intent of the Constitution." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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« Reply #1466 on: March 18, 2014, 11:12:01 AM »

"The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Ritchie, 1820
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« Reply #1467 on: March 19, 2014, 11:19:41 AM »

"When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection." --Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 71, 1788
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« Reply #1468 on: March 20, 2014, 11:14:55 AM »

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government." –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28, 1787
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« Reply #1469 on: March 25, 2014, 11:18:18 AM »

"It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated." --James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention, 1829
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« Reply #1470 on: March 26, 2014, 12:13:53 PM »

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, 1820
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« Reply #1471 on: March 27, 2014, 02:09:33 PM »

"We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country's Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions." --George Washington, General Orders, 1776
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« Reply #1472 on: March 28, 2014, 11:20:04 AM »

"It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government." --Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805
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« Reply #1473 on: April 01, 2014, 11:28:23 AM »

"The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents." --James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1788
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« Reply #1474 on: April 02, 2014, 11:36:32 AM »

"[T]he success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers." --James Madison, Federalist No. 44, 1788
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« Reply #1475 on: April 03, 2014, 04:22:44 PM »


"On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the
Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and
instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented
against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." --Thomas
Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823
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« Reply #1476 on: April 08, 2014, 06:01:44 PM »

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 was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." --John Adams, Address to the Military, 1798
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« Reply #1477 on: April 09, 2014, 11:42:20 AM »

"How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words!" --Samuel Adams, to John Pitts, 1776
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« Reply #1478 on: April 10, 2014, 11:42:29 AM »

"There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen?" --Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn, and Management of the Poor, London Chronicle, 1766
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« Reply #1479 on: April 11, 2014, 11:52:02 AM »

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." --Thomas Paine
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« Reply #1480 on: April 14, 2014, 04:34:18 PM »

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1795
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« Reply #1481 on: April 15, 2014, 11:54:58 AM »

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." --John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819
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« Reply #1482 on: April 16, 2014, 11:03:58 AM »



"It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions." --Samuel Adams, Loyalty and Sedition, essay in The Advertiser, 1748
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« Reply #1483 on: April 17, 2014, 11:02:26 AM »

"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
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« Reply #1484 on: April 18, 2014, 11:23:05 AM »



"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit." --James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788
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« Reply #1485 on: April 21, 2014, 11:13:25 AM »

"It already appears, that there must be in every society of men superiors and inferiors, because God has laid in the constitution and course of nature the foundations of the distinction." --John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
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« Reply #1486 on: April 22, 2014, 11:24:30 AM »

""When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."" - Ben Franklin.

"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785
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« Reply #1487 on: April 23, 2014, 06:27:09 PM »


"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." --Samuel Adams (1781)

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice." --Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation, 1792
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« Reply #1488 on: April 24, 2014, 11:28:58 AM »

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence ... the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government." --George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
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« Reply #1489 on: April 25, 2014, 10:52:51 AM »

"One single object ... [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Livingston, 1825
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« Reply #1490 on: April 29, 2014, 01:33:24 PM »

"In the next place, the state governments are, by the very theory of the constitution, essential constituent parts of the general government. They can exist without the latter, but the latter cannot exist without them." --Joseph Story Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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« Reply #1491 on: May 01, 2014, 12:02:08 PM »

"The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." --Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 11, 1787
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« Reply #1492 on: May 02, 2014, 12:17:05 PM »

"It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard M. Johnson, 1808
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« Reply #1493 on: May 05, 2014, 11:45:42 AM »

"It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness." --James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
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« Reply #1494 on: May 06, 2014, 10:48:04 AM »

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

 - James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 47: The Particular Structure of the New Government and the Distribution of Power Among Its Different Parts

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed47.asp
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« Reply #1495 on: May 06, 2014, 11:04:40 AM »

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

 - James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 47: The Particular Structure of the New Government and the Distribution of Power Among Its Different Parts

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed47.asp

Almost like the founders foresaw Obama.
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« Reply #1496 on: May 06, 2014, 11:19:01 AM »



"The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head." --Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
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« Reply #1497 on: May 08, 2014, 08:50:13 PM »

"The state governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective states, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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« Reply #1498 on: May 12, 2014, 10:33:43 PM »

So damn cool!!!!!

http://www.constitution.org/uslaw/cont-cong/journals.html
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« Reply #1499 on: May 14, 2014, 11:02:15 AM »

Nice find BD.

"[T]hat form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, is the best of republics." --John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
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