Sayings Of The U.S. Founding Fathers

Jan 15, 2018 | | 5 comments

It is time for us, as a nation, to address the information “bubbles” within our communities that so bitterly divide our society into “us versus them”. It is “we” according to the U.S. Constitution. The nation’s original national motto, until stripped away in the 1950’s (by a religious replacement), was “E Pluribus Unum”/”From Many, One”! What do the founders of this great and mighty nation have to say to us today?

George Washington, “The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.” – in a letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, August 18, 1790

James Madison, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – in a letter to George Thompson, June 30, 1825

James Madison, “America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.” – statement made at the Constitutional Convention, May 14, 1787

Thomas Jefferson, “The will of the people… is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – in a letter to the Citizens of Columbia, South Carolina, March 23, 1801

Thomas Jefferson, “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” – in a letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814

Thomas Jefferson, “The legitimate powers of government extend to only such acts as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say that there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – in Notes on the State of Virginia, 1784

Thomas Jefferson, “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.” – in a letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813

John Adams, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – during the Boston Massacre trial, 1770

John Adams, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” – in a letter to Jonathan Jackson, October 2, 1780

Benjamin Franklin, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – in Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755

Benjamin Franklin, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – in The New-England Courant, July 9, 1722

Alexander Hamilton, “The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution… whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void.” – in The Federalist, No. 78, June 14, 1788

Alexander Hamilton, “Let (every man) beware of an obstinate adherence to party; let him reflect that the object upon which he is to decide is not a particular interest of the community, but the very existence of the nation.” – in The Federalist, No. 85, May 28, 1788

Thomas Paine, “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” – in American Crisis, March 1778

Thomas Paine, “Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” – in Rights of Man, 1791

Thomas Paine, “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” – in Dissertation on First Principles of Government, July 1795

Samuel Adams, “Every one knows that the exercise of military power is forever dangerous to civil rights” – in the Boston Gazette, February 27, 1769

Samuel Adams, “How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!” in a letter to John Pitts, January 21, 1776

“Let Jews, Mehometans (Muslims) and Christians of every denomination enjoy religious liberty… thrust them not out now by establishing the Christian religion lest thereby we become our own enemys and weaken this infant state.” – citizens petition to the state assembly of Chesterfield County, Va., Nov. 14, 1785

#maga through democratic representation and factual information based in evidence. Although some do believe this to be true, we were not actually created #inhisimage #inhislikeness as humans and as a society. This is simply an easy to verify historical fact!

#Resist and #maga by mandating #TermLimits on congressional incumbents and by returning to a democracy of the people, for the people, and by the people! It’s time, citizens of the United States, to let the “political party” system go, and to keep fresh new faces in the halls of government – every congressional term!

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  1. Thomas Paine, “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” – in American Crisis, March 1778 #MLKDay #Trump

    #maga through democratic representation and factual information based in evidence. Although some do believe this to be true, we were not actually created #inhisimage #inhislikeness as humans and as a society. This is simply an easy to verify historical fact!

    On Martin Luther King Day, Trumps Visits His Trump Golf Course
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-luther-king-jr-day-20180115-story.html
    President Donald Trump’s first stop Monday was Trump International Golf Club, apparently beginning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with golf rather than the charitable service the slain civil rights leader’s family has urged as the best way to memorialize him.
    The morning after declaring “I’m not a racist,” Trump began his day Monday the same way he has begun each day of the three-day holiday weekend: Tweets sent before leaving his private Mar-a-Lago Club and then a short motorcade to the golf club.

  2. James Madison, “America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.” – statement made at the Constitutional Convention, May 14, 1787

    Only problem is, this kind of sentiment does not support making America white again! Birth tourism and immigration from Russia and Norway, well that is totally fine now. For this is a racist nation – so screw those innocent brown-skinned #DACA #Dreamers who only know the U.S. as home, speak English, and even pay taxes! Right?! Anyone? Shame on the United States of America!!! This racism towards those of color has got to end!!!

    #maga through democratic representation and factual information based in evidence. Although some do believe this to be true, we were not actually created #inhisimage #inhislikeness as humans and as a society. This is simply an easy to verify historical fact!

    A Michigan father, too old for DACA, is deported after three decades in the U.S.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/16/too-old-for-daca-a-michigan-father-is-deported-after-three-decades-in-the-u-s/?utm_term=.0da473bbcc02
    Garcia was brought to the country with an undocumented relative when he was 10 years old, according to the Detroit Free Press. He had faced a removal order from immigration courts since 2009, but his deportation was stayed during the Obama administration as his family looked for ways to get him legal status. Under President Trump, that was no longer an option.

    “Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to allow it to end DACA” – Washington Post, Jan 16, 2018

  3. Why couldn’t Congress come together and do a “bipartisan and thoughtful” tax bill? Now the #GOP wants to work together and get reasonable on behalf of the people. Get #DACA resolved, Congress! It’s time for #TermLimits on congressional incumbents!

    Fresh faces in the House and Senate Nov 2018!

    Alexander Hamilton, “Let (every man) beware of an obstinate adherence to party; let him reflect that the object upon which he is to decide is not a particular interest of the community, but the very existence of the nation.” – in The Federalist, No. 85, May 28, 1788

    #maga through democratic representation and factual information based in evidence. Although some do believe this to be true, we were not actually created #inhisimage #inhislikeness as humans and as a society. This is simply an easy to verify historical fact!

  4. Today is Thomas Paine day. Thomas Paine was a United States founder. His words inspired those who legislatively formed this nation! What did he have to say? Here’s some quotes:

    Thomas Paine, “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” – in American Crisis, March 1778

    Thomas Paine, “Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” – in Rights of Man, 1791

    Thomas Paine, “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” – in Dissertation on First Principles of Government, July 1795

    #maga through democratic representation and factual information based in evidence. Although some do believe this to be true, we were not actually created #inhisimage #inhislikeness as humans and as a society. This is simply an easy to verify historical fact!

    Secular Seasons – Thomas Paine Day
    http://secularseasons.org/january/thomas_paine.html
    Freethinkers Day, also known as Thomas Paine Day, is an opportunity to promote appreciation of freethought thought the life and works of Thomas Paine. Freethought supports reason over faith, and rejects arbitrary authority.

    Thomas Paine was a courageous freethinker, whose life and work inspired great social and political advancement across world. Raised in England, Paine played a vital role in the American and French Revolutions. His books and pamphlets, including The Age of Reason, The Rights of Man, and Common Sense gained a mass audience for the liberating philosophy of the Enlightenment.

    Thomas Paine (1737-1809) arrived in America in 1774 at Benjamin Franklin’s request. On January 10, 1776, he published Common Sense, a remarkable and powerful republican pamphlet which had an immediate success. He served in the Revolutionary War under General Greene and later in official positions appointed by congress and in the Pennsylvania legislature. In his later publication, Age of Reason, Paine expressed that “all religions are in their nature mild and benign” when not associated with political systems. Paine was the quintessential Deist of the 18th century.

    Between March 1791 and February 1792 he published numerous editions of his Rights of Man, in which he defended the French Revolution. The words of Thomas Paine inspired many to strive for political, economic and social advancement. He was among the first to call for an end to slavery and the establishment of human rights around the world.

    In the 1990s, the Truthseeker magazine began celebrating Freethinkers Day on Thomas Paine’s birthday in order to educate the public on the importance of Thomas Paine in the history of freedom. Also in the 1990s, the Thomas Paine Foundation began celebrating the birthday of Thomas Paine on January 29th, a Thomas Paine Day proclamation on June 8 and other Paine theme events during the year.

  5. John Adams, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – during the Boston Massacre trial, 1770

    Are you trying to tell us that illegal immigrants are the reason that legal citizens of this country are not paid enough and are on welfare? Seriously?! You know, don’t you, this does not fit with the historical and statistical facts of this nation! … For decades on end now, it has been the governmental policies – primarily Republican ideology and Democrat hypocrisy on their stances – that have led to the average citizen having to work more hours for no substantial increased pay, while the rich bring in the profits, increase the work load, and enlarge the GDP. The average citizen of this country, the lower 80% of us have been robbed of receiving our share of the nation’s economic growth and prosperity. Facts, they matter, folks – and facts are unavoidable!

    It wasn’t too many decades ago when peoples’ “unions” reshaped the working landscape to ensure that workers had a weekend to rest, had enough money on a single household income to buy a home and a car and a television and food and medicines and still can afford to have a savings and retirement fund. All of that is just a sick joke now, because we’re working for pennies on the dollar these days, but thinking that we’re still getting dollars. All the while, the upper 20% get another substantial tax break to pocket even more profits with that the working 80% will never see a dime’s increase from! Worse, yet, we the majority – the working citizens of this nation – did this to ourselves, by voting approvingly again and again for decades on end for the coporate and career-politician elites who have sold us bags of worthless bullpuckey that this will be good for us.

    #maga through democratic representation and factual information based in evidence. Although some do believe this to be true, we were not actually created #inhisimage #inhislikeness as humans and as a society. This is simply an easy to verify historical fact!

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