“A simple democracy or an unbalanced republic, is one of the greatest of evils.” Benjamin Rush (signer of Declaration of Independence to John Adams)
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker
On Chief Justice John Marshall’s ‘judicial review’ concept that the Court will decide constitutionality, Thomas Jefferson noted the “constitution, on this hypothesis is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.” John Adams 1775
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Frank Outlaw
“If the meaning of the [constitutional] text be sought in the changeable meaning of the words composing it…What a metamorphosis would be produced…” James Madison – Letter to Henry Lee, June 25, 1824
“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
“What did capitalism promise? First of all, it promised continued improvement in the material conditions of all its citizens, a promise without precedent in human history. Secondly, it promised an equally unprecedented measure of individual freedom for all of these same citizens. And lastly, it held out the promise that, amidst this prosperity and liberty, the individual could satisfy his instinct for self-perfection for leading a virtuous life that satisfied the demands of his spirit (or, as one used to say, his soul)–and that the free exercise of such individual virtue would aggregate into a just society.” Irving Krystol
“Natures God endowed mankind with a free-will. America’s Constitution gave its citizens the ability to freely use it.” Michael Kapic
“Mistakes? I wouldn’t have made anything if I hadn’t made mistakes.” – Winston Churchill
[…and my favorite…]
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Calvin Coolidge, 30th President
God Bless America…