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-- Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
When the legends die, the dreams end;
when the dreams end, there is no more greatness.
--Korczak Ziolkowski, Monumental Mountain Carver.
TIMELESS AMERICAN PRINCIPLES
“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary founders.” [Emphasis added.]
Calvin Coolidge 1926, Speech on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
"The idea uppermost in the minds of men who founded the United States was that each and every human being was important. They were convinced that the importance of the individual did not come from any grant of the state, that the importance of the individual did not come from any position that he had achieved nor from any power he had acquired nor from any wealth he had amassed.
"They knew that the importance of man came from the very source of his life. Because man was made in the image and likeness of God, he had a destiny to achieve. And because he had a destiny to achieve, he had the inalienable right and the inherent freedom to achieve it."
FTAF Manual (Proposed) 50-1 for Students 1954
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
When it becomes apparent that the leadership of America loses touch with the founding principles, Americans must stand up and demand a return to these principles.
American Freedom 1948.
Martin Luther King
Ronald Reagan's 1964 Speech Text
Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address Text
Ronald Reagan's Humor
Founding Documents of the UNITED STATES
(and other writings and speeches)