Many Founding Fathers wrote extensively on the subject. Thomas Jefferson said, What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance Let them take arms. ... A free people ought to be armed.
I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares.
My brave fellows, ... you have done all I asked you to do and more than could be reasonably expected. But this country is at stake, your wives, your homes and everything you hold dear. You have borne yourself up with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty and this country which you probably could never do under any other circumstances.
I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism.... It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn. --George Washington.
It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional Spheres avoiding in the exercise of the Powers o.
It is the peculiar boast of our country, that her happiness is alone dependent on the collective wisdom and virtue of her citizens, and rests not on the exertions of any individual
Thus supported by a firm trust in the Great Arbiter of the Universe, aided by the collected wisdom of the Union, and imploring the divine benediction on our joint exertions in the service of our country, I readily engage with you in the arduous but p
That a national university in this country is a thing to be desired, has always been my decided opinion
Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing Constitution of a country
I never mean (unless some particular circumstances should compel me to it) to possess another slave by purchase it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this country may be abolished by slow, sure, and imperceptib
Nothing short of self-respect and that justice which is essential to a national character ought to involve us in war for sure I am, if this country is preserved in tranquillity twenty years longer, it may bid defiance, in a just cause, to any power
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