25 Quotes From The Founders That Will Enrage The Tea Party

I love how Tea Baggers lay claim to the Founders. They can’t stop themselves from insisting that the men who created this country through revolution, evolution and our Constitution would side with them in all things.  Founders probably wouldn’t find too much in common with a bunch of people who don’t embrace education, science or progress and instead hold true to antiquated views and theocratic nonsense. So here are you can pull out the next time your great-uncle gets drunk at your family’s Fourth of July barbecue and starts spouting off about how George Washington would hate modern America:

 

#25. “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace.” Samuel Adams

#24. “A nation under a well-regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.” –Thomas Paine

#23. ”Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property…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.” — John Adams

#22. “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.” — Thomas Jefferson

#21. “A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible.” –Alexander Hamilton

#20. ”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…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.” — Thomas Jefferson

#19. “…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

#18. ”Rights are not gifts from one man to another, nor from one class of men to another. It is impossible to discover any origin of rights otherwise than in the origin of man; it consequently follows that rights appertain to man in right of his existence, and must therefore be equal to every man.” — Thomas Paine

#17. ”The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride legitimately, by the grace of God.” — Thomas Jefferson

#16. ”Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government.” –John Adams

#15. ”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

#14. “As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard.” — Alexander Hamilton

#13. “My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams

#12. ”…to step into the field of Consumption, and tax special articles in that, as broadcloth or homespun, wine or whiskey, a coach or a wagon, is doubly taxing the same article. …it is an aggrievance on the citizens who use these articles in exoneration of those who do not, contrary to the most sacred of the duties of a government, to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson

#11. ”Equal laws protecting equal rights — the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.” –James Madison

#10.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

#9. “…the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” — Thomas Jefferson

#8. “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.” –Thomas Jefferson

#7. ”Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” — George Washington

#6. ”We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” –William Ellery

#5. “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson

#4. “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…” –John Adams

#3. “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” –Thomas Paine

#2. “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

#1. “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” — Thomas Jefferson

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