I love our country. And I love our Founding Fathers and Mothers. These people were brilliant, hard working, and of clear vision and understanding based on harsh experience. I'm so grateful for them. I spent my formative years in and around the birthplace of this nation, and have been to the seats of freedom. I'll never forget the spirit of truth, intelligence, and the rightness of our country's founding principles that I felt there. I hope our nation as a whole never forgets them either.
The men and women who carved out our freedoms and founded this nation knew what it would take to keep it. They put it very plainly and simply:
"Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppresive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people."
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
"If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women." Abigail Adams
"We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." Abigail Adams
"Laws without morals are in vain."
Benjamin Franklin (Motto of the University of Pennsylvania)
"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power."
We are capable of marvelous things: Acts of bravery, acts of kindness, acts of selflessness, acts of sacrifice, acts of acceptance, acts of love, acts of virtue, acts of honesty, acts of strength, acts of integrity. We have a history of behaving in such a way as to deserve our liberties. If we continue to be this type of people, all of our differences–political and personal–will be sorted out. We can do that. We came from people who did.
God Bless This Land.
This is a syndicated post. Read the original at Life in Bits2012-07-04.