(23 Feb 98), Compiled by Ed Monk
CHARLES A. BEARD (American historian)
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a
dangerous citizen these days is to go around repeating the very phrases which our founding
fathers used in their struggle for independence."
Founding Fathers on the 2nd
THOMAS JEFFERSON (Author of Declaration of Independence, member
Continental Congress, Governor of Virginia, Minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice
President, 3rd President ):
"On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back
to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the
debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented
against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
12 Jun 1823 (The
Complete Jefferson p.32)
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Jefferson
Papers, p. 334, C.J. Boyd, 1950)
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are
not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them
take arms...The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of
patriots and tyrants." Letter to William S. Smith 13 Nov 1787 (Jefferson, On
Democracy p. 20, 1939; Padover, editor)
"The few cases wherein these things (proposed Bill of Rights)
may do evil, cannot be weighed against the multitude where the want of them will do
evil...I hope therefore a bill of rights will be formed to guard the people against the
federal government..." (letter to Madison 31 July 1788, The Papers of James
Madison, Hobson amp Rutland, p.11:212)
"I have a right to nothing which another has a right to take
away." (letter to Uriah Forrest, 1787, Jefferson Papers, 12:477).
"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."
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