Wednesday, May 17, 2006

John Adams on Government

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers."

John Adams, Individual Rights

Of all the Founding Fathers, John Adams was in a most unenviable position. Following, in office, as he did George Washington, Father of his Country, he had large shoes to fill. It is perhaps our great good fortune, to have had as our first President, those men who were instrumental in the founding of the country and the framing of our Constitution. They had written the rules, now they had the opportunity to put action to words.

I give to you here, an example, in the form of a letter Adams wrote, of their commitment to making this new government and nation the best on earth. One which should stand as a beacon to others. It is clear, in it's reading, that this current administration has fallen so far from the ideals, hopes and expectations we should fear for our freedom. Indeed we do have great reason to fear.

USA: J. Adams - Thoughts on Government

Susan B. Goodwin