Our Founding Fathers' Quotes!

August 31, 2011, of our 9th year of publication!

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Thought for the day, or for the week:
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,
then we will be a nation gone under."
President Ronald Reagan
National Prayer Breakfast, 1984
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We regularly quote our Founding Fathers, not simply because of an occasional
word of wisdom from their recorded writings and speeches, but very often for the
evidence of their foresight and understanding concerning this new nation they had
planned, prayed and gave their life for. Here is an interesting comment from our
second president, John Adams, written in 1780, and demonstrating his foresight of
life-style changes which might be expected: "I must study politics and war that
my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons
ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and
naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give
their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary,
tapestry, and porcelain." A 231 year old prediction worth recalling today.

Aside from the media's left-leaning bias, here is "What Others Are Saying."

Victor Davis Hanson ( military historian, columnist): "To newly inaugurated
Barack Obama... America's problem was a struggling economy. The solution
was to spread around even more borrowed government money. But after
nearly three years and almost $5 trillion in more borrowed "stimulus," things
have gotten only worse. Unemployment is stuck at 9.1 percent. Consumer
confidence is approaching a record low. The stock market is tanking.
National debt increases at the rate of $4 billion a day. Economic growth has
almost vanished. Credit worthiness is downgraded. The housing market is
still depressed. Food and fuel prices skyrocket. In response, only 26 percent
of the public expresses confidence in the president's handling of the economy."

Pamela Geller (publisher Atlas Shrugs): "Ordinary citizens need to
immediately wake up and wage war to preserve the American way of life
because President Obama isn't doing anything to protect it...Each and every
one of us is a general in this war...We must fight it because our leaders are
not fighting it. The Obama election was the triumph of style over substance,
collectivism over capitalism, statism over individualism, the moron over the

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran's president): "Iran believes that whoever is
for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime (Israel) as a
symbol of suppression and discrimination. Iran follows this issue (the
eradication of Israel) with determination and decisiveness and will never
ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy."

Heritage Foundation: "Since September 11, 2001, at least 40 Islamist-
inspired terror plots aimed at the United States have been thwarted. And
though all categories of successful terrorist attacks against U.S. targets
have been on a downward trend since 2005, the number of disrupted plots
has risen considerably since 2007... Unfortunately today, the United States
is not on a trajectory to adequately counter the terrorism threat...The
president’s strategy cedes the initiative to America’s enemies and provides
them the opportunity to reconstitute both their moral and physical assets."

John Ransom (Financial Editor): "Obama lectures and preens and blames
everyone else. It’s S&P’s fault, or Congress’, or George Bush’s, or the rich’s,
or the greedy bankers, or oil companies, or insurance companies. He’s one of
the most eloquent presidents that we’ve had during an age when eloquence
can reach everywhere. Yet few people now believe anything he says."

And this week, just one "One Liner" . . .

Maxine Waters, Democrat Congress-woman from CA: "As far as I'm
concerned, the tea party can go straight to hell." (Editor's note: That could
probably stand alone with no comment, but Larry Elder, himself a distinguished
black columnist, made this observation: "Waters' tea party attack once again
exposes her as one of the most racist, hateful and vulgar members of the
Congress -- prompting Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to
call her 'vile.' He was far too kind."

And there are these few, at random, "Afterthoughts" . . .

Looking ahead a couple of weeks: here's a reminder concerning Sunday, Sept.
11, the 10th anniversary of "9/11" when the Muslim terrorists attacked America,
causing unbelievable damage, and killing nearly 3,000 innocent people. On this
significant anniversary, it is being planned that across America every home, business
and public building will proudly fly our American flag in honor of those who lost their
lives in that disaster that our president would like for us to forget because of the
Islamist-jihadist aspect of the attack. Plan to display your flag on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Some notes on changing trends in collegiate education. Let us remind you
of some of the founding principles of America's great "Ivy League" colleges. At
Harvard, among the Rules and Precepts issued in 1642, was this one: "Let
every student be plainly instructed to consider well, the main end of his life
and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life." At Yale,
founded in 1701, the Primary Goal was clearly stated, "Every student shall
consider the main end of his study to know God in Jesus Christ and to lead a
Godly, sober life." And at Princeton, funded in 1746, First President Jonathan
Dickinson declared, "Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the Cross of
Christ." By contrast, today Elmhurst College, a church elated school in suburban
Chicago is offering scholarships to students who identify themselves as "lesbian, gay
or transgender." And not only the Christian faith is being abandoned -- so also is the
simple act of patriotism. Goshen College, another church related school in Indiana,
has forbidden any rendition of the National Anthem (vocal or instrumental) at college
events. Instead, the song "America the Beautiful" may be used, but the "Star Spangled
Banner" is considered "too violent." And all this is progress?

Despite everything else, he made one wise decision. Although known to be
infected with "foot-in-mouth-disease," Joe Biden was selected by Mr. Obama to
visit China at this critical point in our relationships. And he didn't disappoint. When
faced with China's horrendous policy of forced abortions to maintain a "one child"
family, he came as close as possible to an sweeping endorsement of the policy.
His words in describing it were that it is "one which I fully understand" and one
which "I'm not second-guessing." But on returning to America, in the midst of
economic disaster and the destruction of Hurricane Irene, he chose not to return
to his office in Washington, but spent Saturday playing golf in Delaware, where
he could not be quoted. Like we say, a "wise decision."

In addition to the great quote from John Adams, there is this one, almost
prophetic, from the "Father of our Founding Fathers" . . .

"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings
than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted
indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road
which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever
come to pass." --George Washington, 1788

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