"A constitution founded on these principles introduces knowledge among the people, and inspires them with a conscious dignity becoming freemen; a general emulation takes place, which causes good humor, sociability, good manners, and good morals to be general. That elevation of sentiment inspired by such a government, makes the common people brave and enterprising. That ambition which is inspired by it makes them sober, industrious, and frugal."
-- John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
"I have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language, the English language, and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."
-- Theodore Roosevelt
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The hand entrusted with power becomes…the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity."
-- Wendell PHILLIPS, 1852
"The rational and peacable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people. "
-- Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, John P. Foley, ed. (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1900), p. 842.
"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
"A nation and a people will continue to suffer when they substitute the temporal for the Eternal."
-- Guy C. Stevenson
“There remains the one standard that has not yet been universally used, namely, the choosing of candidates on moral grounds. A nation always gets the kind of politicians it deserves. When our moral standards are different, our legislation will be different. As long as the decent people refuse to believe that morality must manifest itself in every sphere of human activity, including the political, they will not meet the challenge of Marxism. Contemporary history proves that modern political leaders, devoid of a moral inspiration and relying solely on a mass basis (might makes right), proves ineffectual in time of crisis."
-- Fulton Sheen, “COMMUNISM and the CONSCIENCE of the WEST” -1948
"We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it."
--George Washington, letter to James Madison, 1785