Monday, May 25, 2009.
“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”
–John Adams, letter to Benjamin Rush, April 18, 1808
“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
–George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
“The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to do justice to the Tree of Liberty by an exhibition of the fine fruits we gather from it.”
–James Madison, letter to James Monroe, December 16, 1824
“It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821
He saw it coming, and no one listened.
“The Constitution … is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819
Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.