…“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775…
Subverted Nation’s Basic Training for
By Adam Austin
First Edition © 2009 Adam Austin – All rights reserved.
Instructions & Introduction
This is the story of history, told by the men who lived it. In their own words, let the voices of generations past speak, and be heard. This story will lead you on a journey of truth, tribulation, and testimony to a thorough knowledge and understanding of your place in this world. It will give you the wisdom to properly defend your people in trying times.
Basic training consists of a number of hurdles and obstacles you must master. This time is no different.
This guide will give you a thorough understanding of liberty and freedom, followed by a purposeful dose of philosophy, to help encourage expanded critical thinking; a key character element for any Soldier or revolutionary. Next you will be guided by the words of the past in the ways of the warrior, and the art of war itself. You will gain the proper mindset to defeat any who would dare usurp your freedoms, or threaten the lives of your people. Once these important bases are covered, you will discover who the real enemy of peace and liberty is, in no uncertain terms. You will hear directly from their mouth what they think of you, and some of the most shocking crimes in history that they have perpetrated against innocent men, women, and children the world over. This is not just your enemy, but the one true enemy of mankind as a whole. If you withstand the shock of what is revealed up to that point, you are well on your way to being a worthy and righteous instrument of liberation.
After your shocking introduction, prepare for even harder hitting truths about their beliefs and actions towards all that you hold dear.
For the sake of your honor, and your pledge to your people, take the time to follow this story from beginning to end. Grant yourself the knowledge contained in the following pages so that you may guard your people and their liberties, as many of you swore to do. You are following the footsteps of men of great honor, courage, and commitment, and it will require all of these qualities to see this through to its startling end. Those who walk in the foot steps of these valiant men, many of which have laid the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom, owe it to those who went before them to find out why. Many men have paid that same ultimate sacrifice trying to bring this information to the masses, so do not disgrace their honor either. The hopes, the dreams, and the very freedom of your country and your people depend upon you and your actions.
The people have put their trust in you, and are helpless without your strength and discipline. Will you uphold your forefathers honor and defend them, or will you disappoint them? That is up to you.
Those who fail at boot camp, will never wear the stripes, nor hold the title of a true Soldier. The choice is always yours.
This is boot camp all over again for every Soldier. Decorated or not, young or old, none go anywhere without attending to their most basic training first. This story will help shape you into instruments of defense, as fine as razors, for the people you serve. It will cut to the very heart of the problems that face our country and our way of life, and if you are strong, you will cut with it. If you are dull, you shall be cast aside as useless, and possibly even dangerous to the ends of freedom and tranquility. It’s up to you to do this for your families, for your loved ones, for your friends, and for millions of others who count on you. Only if the mind of the Soldier is sharp, can he be effective, and it is in the mind where every Soldier’s training begins, so get moving.
Start with Chapter One and follow the story page by page. When you’ve finished with your preliminary boot camp training, it’s time to decide if you will re-affirm your pledge to defend your country, your people, and their freedoms against enemies both foreign and domestic. Keep in mind this work relies almost solely on the words of men throughout history. They are presented in no specific order, except by relevance to each chapter. Do not sell yourself short, for each and every last one is vitally relevant to our liberties and the protection of our people. The following disclaimer must be read and thoroughly understood before commencing with one’s training. This manual weighs in at over 145 pages. It is not light reading, and is not meant to be taken lightly. That said, your commitment will either begin or end RIGHT HERE.
Quotes are provided in this work for readers to hear what history has told us, and to hear it from the mouths of those who spoke it. Each individual quote is provided strictly on the merit of the words contained within it, and nothing more. They are not provided to support or endorse any particular person, organization, document, dogma, religion, structure, governments of any form, or the totality of ideals held by any person or institution. Instead, they are provided to help the Recruit grasp both the enormity and seriousness of the issues put forth herein.
Quotes are important to illustrate historical relevance, and present day situations. Some provide proper perspective of world issues, while others may provide practical insights to what a life of freedom was intended to be, compared to what it is now.
Chapter One – Foundations
Welcome to Boot Camp (pgs. 9-22)
This is where your training starts. So, don’t just sit there green pea, get a move on! If you don’t know what you’re fighting for, there’s no sense fighting. Now, either fall in line, or go home to momma and tell her you didn’t make it in the real man’s Army.
Tell her you didn’t have the guts to make it through the most basic of steps, let alone face down the enemy. Tell her you FAILED in the face of adversity, and take your happy butt somewhere else. There is no need for you here.
Chapter Two – Furthering Understanding
Get Your Head On Straight Soldier (pgs. 23-27)
Time to make sure you’re thinking properly and that you actually have the capacity to become a great Soldier. In order for you to be useful, we’re going to have to expand the capacity of that pile of mush between your ears you have the audacity to call a brain. Carry on.
Chapter Three – The Warrior
Develop the Right Mentality (pgs. 28-36)
This is the divide between Soldier and subject. It’s time for a glimpse into the mindset of a true warrior. Here is where you are either molded into a precision instrument of freedom, or you weed yourself out through your own flawed perceptions. You will either learn what it means to be a warrior, and so become one, or you will tremble in awe at the site of something you will never be. Do you have what it takes to become a warrior? Get a move on with this chapter already and we shall soon see.
Chapter Four – Shell Shock
Meet Your Enemy (pgs. 37-73)
Like the first time you experience a big boom a little too close, this chapter is definitely going to give you shell shock. This is where the rubber meats the road, Soldier. Time to meet your enemy and see if you quiver in his presence or if you get your war face on and get serious. Just like a big explosion, when everything around you goes “BOOM”, some recruits will turn to mush in your hands. Men of courage and bravery, the ones who get the “hero” label, not only keep their cool when things get their worst, they charge forward with veracity, foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog. These are the only ones of any use to freedom and liberty.
Chapter Five – The Doctrine
Your Enemy Lacks Pity (pgs. 74-80)
The threat is what determines the response. Do not underestimate what it is you are facing. Many men quake in their boots at the very kind of thinking and behavior your enemy thrives and survives upon. Like an ambush, if you you can’t figure out where the fire is coming from, you are in serious trouble. Your enemy lacks pity, remorse, and the ability to be reasoned with. They completely lack the kind of morality and humanity that defines the very spirit of our people, and if you’ve made it this far, there’s no turning back now. Don’t let me see your knees start to buckle now, Recruit.
Chapter Six – The Plan
What to Expect (pgs. 81-144)
If you don’t know what the enemy has in store for you, or what the enemy has accomplished against you up to this point, you are useless. Nobody wants to have their ass shot off because some pansies didn’t know what they were walking into. As a sniper would do, you can learn to scout things out properly and thoroughly, enabling you to spot signs of trouble early. Or, you can simply walk into an ambush blind folded, but if that’s the case, you can take point, and march alone. This chapter is one of the most formidable chapters and challenges for all recruits to wade through, but alas, it is a necessary step. Get moving already, we’re not through with you yet.
Chapter Seven – Conclusion
Boot Camp Graduation (pgs. 145-146)
Did you really make it this far? You didn’t take any short cuts did you? If you’ve fully completed your training, we can proudly call you a real Soldier for truth, justice, and freedom. If you have truly followed this journey, beginning to end, you are worthy of much praise. You will stand beside some of the greatest men in history with your new found understanding. You have earned a level of appreciation that no so-called “official” body could ever give you. You have earned the right to call yourself a WARRIOR for freedom, understanding both it’s meaning, and our purpose.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our ranks, so WELCOME Soldier. You have reached the pinnacle, but there is one final step. You must confirm, for us and for yourself, your full and truest devotion to our liberty. This is where you make the decision to become a true defender of freedom, or you forever resign yourself to obscurity and obsolescence. Make a pledge to our freedoms and join the ranks of many other decorated men and women, veteran and active duty who have re-affirmed their pledge to all of us, our people, and our way of life. Be a real oath keeper, and face the task of delivering on the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all of our peoples. You swore this oath before, so don’t back out on us now when we need you the most. Visit
This chapter is just the beginning. It will give the Recruit powerful insight which will lead to a thorough understanding of what is of utmost importance, i.e. what we stand for. What is our purpose? What has real meaning? What is it we’re trying to defend, if none other than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? What is the real definition of freedom and liberties? Without this understanding, there is no reason for us to exist. This is our cause, and in this, we will not waiver one bit. We can not take one ill-informed step towards our future, so understanding starts here.
“A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained.” – Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” -Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779
“It is too early for politicians to presume on our forgetting that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people, is the supreme object to be pursued; and that no form of government whatever has any other value than as it may be fitted for the attainment of this object.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 45, January 26, 1788
“An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.” – John Paul Jones, letter to Gouverneur Morris, Sept 2, 1782
“No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819
“The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.” – John Hay
“Another not unimportant consideration is, that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce. In its internal operations it can touch but few objects, except to introduce regulations beneficial to the commerce, intercourse, and other relations, between the states, and to lay taxes for the common good. The powers of the states, on the other hand, extend to all objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, and liberties, and property of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state.” –
Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 42, January 22, 1788
“As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they to obtain their offices, and they will have none of the peculiar qualities and vices of those men who possess power merely because their father held it before them.” – Tench Coxe, An American Citizen, No.2, September 28, 1787
“One hundred and seventy-three despots would surely be as oppressive as one.” –
James Madison, Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788
“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not belikely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.” – James Madison, to an unidentified correspondent, 1833
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” – Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
“Besides, to lay and collect internal taxes in this extensive country must require a great number of congressional ordinances, immediately operation upon the body of the people; these must continually interfere with the state laws and thereby produce disorder and general dissatisfaction till the one system of laws or the other, operating upon the same subjects, shall be abolished.” – Federal Farmer, Antifederalist Letter, October 10, 1787
“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams, in Defense of the British Soldiers on trial for the Boston Massacre, December 4, 1770
“Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.” – James Madison, Essay on Property, March 29, 1792
“At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Monsieur A. Coray, Oct 31, 1823
“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” – John Adams, Defense of the Constitutions, 1787
“If we would be free, if we mean to hold inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have so long contended, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble cause for which we have so long endured, and to which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest should be obtained, then we must fight! I repeat Sir, we must fight! A call to arms and an appeal to the God of hosts is all that we have left. – Patrick Henry – Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”
“The Constitution should never be construed to prevent the people of the United States…from keeping their own arms. – Samuel Adams”
“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775
“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” – James Madison, letter to the Dey of Algiers, August, 1816
“The great object is that every man be armed… Everyone who is able may have a gun – Patrick Henry”
“And what country can preserve it’s liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. – Thomas Jefferson”
“The diversity in the faculties of men from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
“Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. – Thomas Paine”
“It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated.” – James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention, December 2, 1829
“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 39, January 1788
“A people who mean to be free must be prepared to meet danger in person , and not rely upon the falacious protection of armies. – Edmund Randolph”
“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” – John Adams, letter to Niles, February 13, 1818
“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?” – James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822
“Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property, according to standing laws. He is obliged, consequently, to contribute his share to the expense of this protection; and to give his personal service, or an equivalent, when necessary. But no part of the property of any individual can, with justice, be taken from him, or applied to public uses, without his own consent, or that of the representative body of the people. In fine, the people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.” – James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788
“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the “latent spark”… If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?” – John Adams, the Novanglus, 1775
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” – James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, Dec 2, 1829
“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.” – John Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772
“In the midst of these pleasing ideas we should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” – John Adams, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1797
“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.” – James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788
“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” – John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756
“Laws for the liberal education of the youth, especially of the lower class of the people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” – John Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, December 5, 1777
“Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” – John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” – John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” – John Adams, letter to James Lloyd, January, 1815
“Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measure in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of a revolution the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.” – John Adams, letter to William Cushing, June 9, 1776
“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet’ and `Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” – John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787
“Equal laws protecting equal rights — the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.” – James Madison, letter to Jacob de la Motta, August 1820
“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.” – John Adams, letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776
“The great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachment of the others.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” – James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
“Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree, that the happiness of society is the end of government, as all divines and moral philosophers will agree that the happiness of the individual is the end of man. From this principle it will follow that the form of government which communicates ease, comfort, security, or, in one word, happiness, to the greatest numbers of persons, and in the greatest degree, is the best.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 55, February 15, 1788
“Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates… to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial. But I beg to know upon what principle it can be contended that any one department draws from the Constitution greater powers than another in marking out the limits of the powers of the several departments.” – James Madison, speech in the Congress of the United States, June 17, 1789
“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.” – John Adams, An Essay on Man’s Lust for Power, August 29, 1763
“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.” – Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, Circa 1774
“In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787
“History will also give Occasion to expatiate on the Advantage of Civil Orders and Constitutions, how Men and their Properties are protected by joining in Societies and establishing Government; their Industry encouraged and rewarded, Arts invented, and Life made more comfortable: The Advantages of Liberty, Mischiefs of Licentiousness, Benefits arising from good Laws and a due Execution of Justice, etc. Thus may the first Principles of sound Politicks be fix’d in the Minds of Youth.” – Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, 1749
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
“I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.” – Benjamin Franklin, The Busy-body, No. 3, February 18, 1728
“How could a readiness for war in time of peace be safely prohibited, unless we could prohibit, in like manner, the preparations and establishments of every hostile nation?” – James Madison, Federalist No. 41, January 1788
“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights.” – Benjamin Franklin, Political Observations
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
“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
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin (attributed), at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
“Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 14, November 20, 1787
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin (attributed), letter to Benjamin Vaughn, March 14, 1783
“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right….” – James Madison, letter to James Monroe, October 5, 1786
“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.” – Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722
“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788
“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” – Benjamin Franklin, letter to Samuel Cooper, May 1, 1777
“A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 70, 1788
“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
“As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” – James Madison, National Gazette Essay, March 27, 1792
“And it proves, in the last place, that liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78, 1788
“But as the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, EXCLUSIVELY delegated to the United States.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 32, January 3, 1788
“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” – James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822
“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” – Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, No. 6, July 17, 1793
“Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15, 1787
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
“Here sir, the people govern.” – Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788
“One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.” – General Douglas MacArthur
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 45, January 26, 1788
“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.” – Alexander Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 62, 1788
“I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic — it is also a truth, that if industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out.” – James Madison, speech to the Congress, April 9, 1789
“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.” -Alexander Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 62, 1788
“The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.” – James Madison, Virginia Resolutions, December 21, 1798
“Last, but by no means least, courage – moral courage, the courage of one’s convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle – the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.” – General Douglas MacArthur
“No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave.” – Alexander Hamilton, A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress, etc., December 15, 1774
“In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 52, February 8, 1788
“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” – Douglas MacArthur
“Responsibility, in order to be reasonable, must be limited to objects within the power of the responsible party, and in order to be effectual, must relate to operations of that power, of which a ready and proper judgment can be formed by the constituents.” – Alexander Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 63, 1788
“A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” – James Madison, Essay on Property, March 29, 1792
“The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787
“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” – James Madison, speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787
“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator to the whole human race, and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
“A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” -James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
“The instrument by which it [government] must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end to liberty!” – Alexander Hamilton, Tully, No. 3, August 28, 1794
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” – James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792
“The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation.” – Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788
“America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788
“To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery and destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34, January 4, 1788
“It becomes all therefore who are friends of a Government based on free principles to reflect, that by denying the possibility of a system partly federal and partly consolidated, and who would convert ours into one either wholly federal or wholly consolidated, in neither of which forms have individual rights, public order, and external safety, been all duly maintained, they aim a deadly blow at the last hope of true liberty on the face of the Earth.” – James Madison, Notes on Nullification
“There is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788
“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” – James Madison, essay in the National Gazette, February 2, 1792
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