The founding of America – and its revolutionary concepts about human equality, self-reliance, and of a representative republic with limited government – was not just based upon a trust in the Almighty and an historical examination of monarchies and tyrannical regimes.
Indeed, just as important as these, the Founders’ vision for America also was based upon a deep understanding of human nature. Their concerns about the corrupting influence of governmental power were a major inspiration behind the principles in the Declaration of Independence and the provisional safeguards in the US Constitution.
For these reasons, the “great American experiment” was designed to clearly preserve the inalienable and constitutional rights defined in our nation’s founding documents and to protect the citizenry against future usurpations of power.
These constitutional limitations are disdained by today’s Left, which seeks unbridled power to implement their arbitrary agendas-of-the-day. This is why America’s Constitution, Supreme Court, and our very own History are under persistent attack by would-be tyrants, who openly display the very same destructive tendencies of human nature of which our Founders fore-warned.
The following 10 quotes by some of those Founders from the late 18th century, display amazing prescience … they knew the nature of man does not change.
It is a plain matter for the reader to make comparison to contemporary anti-freedom movements here in the 21st century … such that we might better appreciate why strict adherence to the words contained within the four-corners of the Constitution, and their original intent, must forever be preserved and revered.
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” —James Madison
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” —George Washington
“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power.” —James Madison
“I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.” —Thomas Jefferson
“Human passions unbridled by morality and religion… would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” —John Adams
“Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything.” —Alexander Hamilton
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison
“I fear that in every elected office, members will obtain an influence by noise, not by sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls. There must be decency and respect.” —John Adams
“We must go home to be happy, and our home is not in this world. Here we have nothing to do but our duty.” —John Jay