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!