Our Roots, Our Republic, Our Responsibilities
PATRIOTIC STATEMENTS & SPEECHES
John Quincy Adams served as our nation’s 6th president. President Adams gave an address wherein he compared the two “most joyous and most venerated” holidays celebrated each year in America…..
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, you’re most joyous and venerated festival returns on July 4th? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
John Quincy Adams, Independence Day Speech, July 4, 1837
“To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions everyday; I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”
President Ronald Reagan
“Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
James A. Garfield (1831-1881), US President, Minister of the Gospel
“In questions of power; let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have…The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
In 1787, George Mason of Virginia asked rhetorically, while arguing for the adoption of the Bill of Rights. “Who is the militia?” Mason’s answer: “They are the whole people.”
George Mason, framer of the Constitution and author of the Virginia Bill of Rights
CFRW Americanism Chair.
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