On This Day in History: September 27, 

2019May God Bless and Save the United States of America – Our Constitutional Republic !

#3C – Where Is the Spirit of 1776?

It is the year of our Lord Twenty Twenty and of the United States of America the Two Hundred Forty-four. We the People have seemingly lost our way. Where is the fervor and zeal of our Founding Fathers and those of our ancestors who established our Constitutional Republic as a bastion of Liberty? We the People need to reflect upon the Words of Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and Third President of the United States of America.

This post contains quotes during his Presidency.

To restore… harmony,… to render us again one people acting as one nation should be the object of every man really a patriot. (Letter to Thomas McKean, 1801)

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

A wise and frugal government… 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. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

Let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

During the contest of opinion through which we have passed the animation of discussions and of exertions has sometimes worn an aspect which might impose on strangers unused to think freely and to speak and to write what they think; but this being now decided by the voice of the nation, enounced according to the rules of the constitution all will of course arrange themselves under the will of law, and unite in common efforts for the common good. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political. (First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801)

The Constitution on which our Union rests, shall be administered by me [as President] according to the safe and honest meaning contemplated by the plain understanding of the people of the United States at the time of its adoption — a meaning to be found in the explanations of those who advocated, not those who opposed it, and who opposed it merely lest the construction should be applied which they denounced as possible. (Letter to Mesrs. Eddy, Russel, Thurber, Wheaton and Smith, March 27, 1801)

Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular. (Letter to Hugh White, May 2, 1801)

The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people. (Letter to John Dickinson, July 23, 1801)

I join cordially in admiring and revering the Constitution of the United States, the result of the collected wisdom of our country. That wisdom has committed to us the important task of proving by example that a government, if organized in all its parts on the Representative principle unadulterated by the infusion of spurious elements, if founded, not in the fears & follies of man, but on his reason, on his sense of right, on the predominance of the social over his dissocial passions, may be so free as to restrain him in no moral right, and so firm as to protect him from every moral wrong. (Letter to Amos Marsh, November 20, 1801)

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State. (Letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut, January 1, 1802)

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. (Letter to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802)

Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. (Letter to Wilson Nicholas, September 7, 1803)

The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch. (Letter to Abigail Adams, September 11, 1804)

The duty of an upright administration is to pursue its course steadily, to know nothing of these family dissentions, and to cherish the good principles of both parties. (Letter to George Logan, 1805)

We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties, and history bears witness to the fact that a just nation is trusted on its word when recourse is had to armaments and wars to bridle others. (Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805)

When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. (Second Inaugural Address, 1805)

During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety. (Second Inaugural Address, December 9, 1805)

The true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances provided they do not contradict the express words of the law. (Letter to Albert Gallatin, May 20, 1808)

I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the States the powers not delegated to the United States. Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in any religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government. It must then rest with the States. (Letter to Samuel Miller, January 23, 1808)

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys. (Letter to Shelton Gilliam, June 19, 1808)

But whatever be their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others. On this subject they are gaining daily in the opinions of nations, and hopeful advances are making towards their re- establishment on an equal footing with the other colors of the human family. (Letter to Henri Gregoire, February 25, 1809)

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. (Letter to The Republican Citizens of Washington County, Maryland, March 31, 1809)

May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !