Here are some great thoughts from some of the Founding Fathers of this Great Country, which is a Representative Republic and not a Democracy as many are trying to make it.:
Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
John Adams, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814
No compact among men… can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.
George Washington, draft of First Inaugural Address, April 1789
The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.
George Washington, letter to George Chapman, December 15, 1784
A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781
I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Benjamin Franklin, The Busy-body, No. 3, February 18, 1728
Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722
It already appears, that there must be in every society of men superiors and inferiors, because God has laid in the constitution and course of nature the foundations of the distinction.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
James Madison, speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
James Madison, National Gazette Essay, March 27, 1792
These were some of the best men alive at the time of the founding of America, and were obviously inspired of God in thought and writing.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
“By offering a plan that supposedly eliminated risk of failure and offered a one hundred percent success rate, Lucifer was asking the family to reject Heavenly Father and Christ and to put himself in charge. We might well have heard him say: ‘I can do better than they can. With my plan you will not face risk of failure. Trust me. I know a better way. I guarentee to bring every person back.’ And thus were sown the seeds of doubt that led to mass rebellion. Lucifer’s offer had nothing to do with the Father’s sacred plan of individual agency. His intention was to substitute his own plan of compulsion and to elevate himself above his elder brother, Jesus.”
Steven A. Cramer in “Putting on the Armor of God” 1992
The Founding Fathers were working with the knowledge that government by compulsion was inferior to one of Freedom. This was probably the greatest truth that was incorporated into the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. This is the one portion of the Constitution many people are looking to trade away for security and empty promises of an utopian “New World Order”.