Thursday, July 4, 2013

In Honor of the 4th of July

I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes on this 4th of July. It has become a habit of mine on this day to go and read The Constitution and to keep it fresh in my mind. It has also become a habit to read over what the founding fathers had to say. There are many wonderful sayings, but I will keep it to a few that pertain the the birth of this nation.

The Deceleration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
-The Deceleration of Independence 

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
 -The Deceleration of Independence

Founding Fathers
When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
  -Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
  -Thomas Jefferson

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
  -John Adams


Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”
John Adams  


The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
Benjamin Franklin 


 We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Benjamin Franklin


 Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans!
And Happy 237th Birthday, America!!

 

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