Interesting article title isn't it ? No one can definitely say for sure just what the American Fore Fathers of this nation would say after looking at the United States of today. My personal opinion is that most of them would probably just shake their heads in disgust.
To make a righteous attempt at what the thoughts and beliefs of our American Founders wold think of us, I am giving some actual quotes written from those who began our nation over two-hundred years ago. Each US Citizen should think very long and hard about what was said back then, and also regarding what transpired to make them want to go to war against their oppressors, King George III and the British Government. A hint to what to look for when you read their quotes given later in this article, our Founding Father's gave us a clear indication and warning to us what this nation would become is we ever lost focus on what this nation was meant to be, "A Republic of We The People." Take a look in today's headline news, have we lost our nation forever ?
For those who believe that revolution should never ever be tried again here against tyrannical actions of our Government's, remember this, it is estimated that in 1776, when the American Colonial Continental Congress voted to separate from England and fight for independence, it was only three percent of Colonists who actually engaged in joining the American Army and militia. That's only 3% of the population. Many in the American Colonies did not support separating from England. They were happy having their natural and God given rights taken from them. As in 1776, much like in today's United States, the majority here are also apathetic, and lack courage to stand against evil(perhaps that is partially Jesus in the Bible declared in Matthew 7:20-23, that "many" would not enter into Heaven). Is the high number of lazy and apathetic American public something that true American patriots should be concerned about ? It wasn't such a concern in 1776.
Only those who side with God of the Bible, and who have the moral fortitude to fight, will not only push back against the evil of men, but also win the war for liberty. Read and see below if you are one who will be likened to side with those who fought for our nation;s founding and who also at the same time, gave up everything so that we may also live and die for freedom. Where do you stand ? Read below...
"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
"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence."~ Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
"A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy — 'A republic,' replied the Doctor, ' if you can keep it."~Anonymous, from Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787
"Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue."~ John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776
"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 people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders"~ Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775
"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
"And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice."~ Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 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
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death"~ Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775
"Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free..."~ Joseph Warren, American account of the Battle of Lexington, April 26, 1775
" 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 only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."~ Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British, September 22, 1776
" On the other hand, the duty imposed upon him to take care, that the laws be faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that he will 'preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.' The great object of the executive department is to accomplish this purpose; and without it, be the form of government whatever it may, it will be utterly worthless for offence, or defence; for the redress of grievances, or the protection of rights; for the happiness, or good order, or safety of the people"~ Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American...[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people"~ A Pennsylvanian, The Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788
"When divorces can be summoned to the aid of levity, of vanity, or of avarice, a state of marriage frequently becomes a state of war or stratagem."~ James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
"It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people."~ Richard Henry Lee, letter to Colonel Martin Pickett, March 5, 1786
"...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"~ The Declaration Of Independence
"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves."~ Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, July 6, 1775
"It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religion profession of sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship..."~ Massachusetts Bill of Rights, Part the First, 1780
" [I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them."~ Candidus, in the Boston Gazette, January 20, 1772
" Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."~ Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country"~ Samuel Adams, in the Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781
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