A quote from each of the Founding Fathers.
1 ) “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” ~Thomas Jefferson
2 ) “Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security” ~Benjamin Franklin
3 ) “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?” ~ John Adams
4 ) “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” ~George Washington
5 ) “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” Patrick Henry
6 ) “In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.” ~James Madison
7 ) “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” ~Alexander Hamilton
8 ) “Those who own the country ought to govern it.” ~John Jay
*Bonus Quote: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. ~Thomas Jefferson
Huge Bonus: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson shared one of the most epic friendships in history. This video does something to communicate the incredible connection these two giants shared. Both died on the 50th anniversary of America’s Independence, July 4th 1826.
The Letters of Adams and Jefferson
My favorite is the bonus quote… What is your’s? Please share it in the comment section below, and enjoy the Fourth of July!
This is true patriotism:
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