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Patriot or Wingbat

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 4, 2012

The narrative created by some elitist educators and the Leftist press often portrays the Tea Party and its libertarian views as radical.  On this Fourth of July, a review of quotes from our founding fathers shows that radical is as defined in the eyes of the beholder.

George Washington

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

Thomas Jefferson

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

Delay is preferable to error.

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

John Adams

A government of laws, and not of men.

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

In politics the middle way is none at all.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

The happiness of society is the end of government.

Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned.

And whether you’re an honest man, or whether you’re a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

God helps those who help themselves.

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

Alexander Hamilton

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

James Madison

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic.

Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.

The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.

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