I live in Austin, TX and I found this site some months ago when I was looking for some back up information to have as comfort, sanity and shield from liberal family members and coworkers. I also dound the quotes below as well as others, but these make the point. Our founders and friends are amazingly eloquent just as many of you are. I believe these quotes consolidate the themes of many of the post I have found here. It is a pleasure to read your posts and know that the ideals of the founders are not dead.
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” Patrick Henry quote Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. Thomas Jefferson
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
Washington, George Farewell Address
1796The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
Jefferson, Thomas letter to Thomas Jefferson SmithFebruary 21, 1825
Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.
Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.” (from Essay on Epic Poetry, 1727)
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. Margaret Thatcher