Monday, July 03, 2006

Happy July 4th

President John Adams
October 30,1735-July 4, 1826
Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there’s a divinity which shapes our ends…. Independence is now within our grasp. We have but to reach forth to it, and it is ours.- John Adams, speech favoring the Declaration of Independence, May, 1776
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. --John Adams (1735-1826)

President Thomas Jefferson

April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826

"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."~Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."~Thomas Jefferson

The arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties being with one mind resolved to die free rather than live slaves. --Thomas Jefferson, 1775

James Monroe

April 28, 1758 - July 4, 1831


"In this great nation there is but one order, that of the people, whose power, by a peculiarly happy improvement of the representative principle, is transferred from them, without impairing in the slightest degree their sovereignty, to bodies of their own creation, and to persons elected by themselves, in the full extent necessary for the purposes of free, enlightened, and efficient government." ~James Monroe

"It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin."~James Monroe

"Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete. "~James Monroe

"Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all -- liberty! "~James Monroe

Have a safe and happy 4th of July everyone and please don't drink and drive!


N Posted by Rain at 7/03/2006 01:46:00 PM

1 Comments

  • Blogger Brian posted at 9:07 PM  
    Happy Independence Day!
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