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“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
― James Madison
 
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."

_ Thomas Paine _
 
Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.

- John Adams -
 
The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

- Benjamin Rush -
 
The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

- Benjamin Rush -
I get what you mean in creating virtuous people, but I kinda like the idea of people knowing basic math and English, even if they choose to forget it as soon as they're out of school.
 
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
― Benjamin Franklin, 1766
 
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.

- John Locke -
 
“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
 
"Some men’s minds are like looking-glasses, for, having no images or impressions of their own, they can but reflect those of other people." --George Clymer
 
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
 
“I know not what course others may take. But as for me; give me liberty, or give me death.”

Patrick Henry
 

NOYDB

Senior Member
Writing to fellow Virginian and lifelong friend James Madison in 1787, Jefferson stated: “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.”
Such wisdom is so rare.
 

NOYDB

Senior Member
Jefferson said, trust no man with too much government power; instead "bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

James Madison wrote, "The powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government are few and defined."
 
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others."

Thomas Jefferson
 
"By the power to lay and collect imposts Congress may impose duties on any or every article of commerce imported into these states to what amount they please. By the power to lay excises, a power very odious in its nature, since it authorizes officers to examine into your private concerns, the Congress may impose duties on every article of use or consumption: On the food that we eat, on the liquors we drink, on the clothes that we wear, the glass which enlighten our houses, or the hearths necessary for our warmth and comfort. By the power to lay and collect taxes, they may proceed to direct taxation on every individual either by a capitation tax on their heads or an assessment on their property. By this part of the section, therefore, the government has a power to tax to what amount they choose and thus to sluice the people at every vein as long as they have a drop of blood left."

Luther Martin
 
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