Friday, August 29th, 2008 | Author:

[This post is part of the Favorite Founders' Quote Friday sponsored by Meet the Founding Fathers.]

Among the Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams was one of the more controversial. Leader of the Boston Tea Party and labeled a firebrand, he was not one to mince words, so it seemed appropriate that I should choose some of his words this week. We would all be wise to give heed to this warning today.

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

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5 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Wow, that is a good one. And those words are certainly applicable to today’s generation. We have no excuse to sit back and let the sacrifices our forefathers made slip through our fingers.

    P. S. Yes, you beat me to it alright! I almost forgot! I’m glad you remembered. I posted wrote mine on Thursday, and it posted this morning. Drop by when you have a moment to spare (from your fun blog-coloring activities!)

  2. akaGaGa says:

    What really struck me about this quote was his caution against being cheated out of our liberties “by the artifices of false and designing men.” They existed back then, too, huh? :)

    And I think this caution applies just as much to our freedom in Christ. There are so many warnings in the New Testament about false prophets and false teachers. As this subject is near and dear to my heart, I posted on it here:

  3. Mrs. Mecomber says:

    Outstanding selection for today! I love Sam Adams– he and John are probably my favorite FFs.

    Ah yes, deceptive and designing men. I am 100% sure they have such men back then. Gosh, they even had them in the Garden of Eden! lol

    Great blog. I’m sorry I don’t comment very much, but I love your posts. We patriots must hang together! lol….

  4. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks, Mrs. Mecomber, for your comments … and for commenting! It’s so nice to know who’s dropping by!

    AND … I just went to see your FFQF, and my mouth is still hanging open. Don’t miss this one, folks:

  5. Cato says:

    Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I have added you under “Kindred Spirits,” as that is what you are. I apologize for taking so long to add it!

    Enjoyed your FF quote!