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To: Biggirl
Col. Allen West portrayed it best here. Just view video, or, read the following eloquence from an early American intellectual and liberty-loving President:


1801 Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson (Excerpt)

"Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe;

too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others;

possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation;

entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them;

enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man;

acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter—with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people?

Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities."- Thomas Jefferson

14 posted on 10/24/2013 11:01:15 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2
West "quotes" de Toquville: As de Tocqueville stated, “America is great because America is good, when America ceases to be good it will no longer be great.”

The problem is, de Toqueville never wrote that.

31 posted on 10/25/2013 9:27:42 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ZeroCare: Make them pay; do not delay.)
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