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Be Patriotic

Poster by Paul Stahr, 1918.

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Constitution and Government

Freedom and Liberty

Patriotism and National Honor

 

 

My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue.

 --  Author Unknown

 

 
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Constitution and Government

 

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. -- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President and Author of the Declaration of Independence

 

But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations...This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution. -- John Adams, 2nd U.S. President.

 

A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible, free from every other control but a regard to the public good and to the sense of the people. -- Alexander Hamilton, American political Thinker, Statesman, Lawyer, Soldier and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States

 

The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both congresses and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that Constitution. --  Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President

 

The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation enlightened as it is if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men. -- Samuel Adams, American Patriot and Politician of the American Revolution

 

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. -- Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Writer and Inventor in the 18th Century.

 

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. -- Patrick Henry, American lawyer, patriot, and orator in the 18th Century

 

The Constitution does not grant rights, it recognizes them. -- Mark Laumark

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. -- James Madison, 4th U.S. President

 

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. -- Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Writer and Inventor in the 18th Century.

 

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. -- Mark Twain, American writer

 

The Constitution of the United States was created by the people of the United States composing the respective states, who alone had the right.-- James Madison, 4th U.S. President

 

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. -- aham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President

 

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity -- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity. -- American Statesman and Politician in the 19th Century.

 

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, 3rd US President and Author of the Declaration of Independence

 

How soon we forget history ... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. and, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. -- George Washington, American Commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution and 1st US President

 

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. -- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President and Author of the Declaration of Independence

Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind. -- Hugo Black, American Jurist, Lawyer and Politician

 

Abraham Lincoln

aham Lincoln by Jean Louis Gerome, 1908.

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Of all the supervised conditions for life offered man, those under USA's Constitution have proved the best. Wherefore, be sure when you start modifying, corrupting or abrogating it. --  Martin H. Fischer, American scientist

 

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. -- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President and Author of the Declaration of Independence

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. -- Robert M. Hutchins, American Educator and Activist in the mid 20th Century

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. -- Thomas Jefferson
, 3rd US President and Author of the Declaration of Independence

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race. -- Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. President

 

If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political Constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. - Daniel Webster, American Statesman and politician in the 19th Century

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. -- Billy Graham, American evangelist

I will always vote what I have promised, and always vote the Constitution, as well as I will not vote for one single penny that isn't paid for, because debt is the monster, debt is what's going to eat us up and that is why our economy is on the brink.
Ron Paul, American physician and Congressman from Texas

 

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government. -- James Madison, 4th U.S. President

 

Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President and Author of the Declaration of Independence

 

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President

The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one else can. -- John Gardner, American writer and politician

 

 

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Keep Him Free

By  Harris and Ewing, 1939-40. This image available for prints & downloads HERE!

 

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American History (main page)

 

Early American History

 

Declaration of Independence

 

Heroes and Patriots of America

 

Presidents of the United States of America

 

The United States Constitution - Document

 

The United States Constitution Information

 

 

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