"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, letter to Benjamin Lincoln, 1788
Franklin Pierce: "There is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God"
"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence."
-- President Franklin Pierce, Inaugural, March 4, 1853
"As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities."
-- George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights
"Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life....The simple fact is that God...intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder."
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics
"The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. "
John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. I, p. 161.
"It therefore becomes our indispensable Duty, not only to
acknowledge, in general with the rest of Mankind, our dependence on
the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, but as a People peculiarly
favoured, to testify our Gratitude to the Author of all our Mercies,
in the most solemn and public manner."
-- John Langdon, Governor of New Hampshire, Proclamation, October 21, 1785
"My principle is to do whatever is right and leave the consequences to Him who has the disposal of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 1813
"If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God."
-- George Washington
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever."
-- Thomas Jefferson