Monday, December 31, 2012

Just the first Act ot the Drama

Day 365

“The American war is over; but this [is] far from being the case with the American revolution, on the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.”  

~Benjamin Rush~

This quotations seemed fitting to close this very long process with. I have done 365 day; this was a leap year but I did not do a post on Christmas. I hope you understood most of the quotations and liked some of them. Patrick Henry is probably my favorite concerning politics; Thomas Jefferson for something new and fun; John and Abigail Adams for sweet and sappy; And Benjamin Franklin for just saying the most stuff all around. 
I still love quotations. This did not kill my love for them and you will see a lot more in the near future, although not everyday.  

Happy new year! 

Well Bye, 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Candid Minds

Day 364

"I have long been of opinion that the evidence of the truth of Christianity requires only to be carefully examined to produce conviction in candid minds."

~John Jay~ 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wise and Good

Day 363

"As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good."

~John Adams~ 

1776 'Thoughts on Government' 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Of The People

Day 362

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men: Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require it."

~John Adams~ 




Thursday, December 27, 2012

Any Kindness

Day 361

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any goo therefore that I can do, of any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." 

~William Penn~ 

William Penn is not in the time period but he was close enough and I don't guess anyone will care but me.

Well Bye,

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Liberty = Freedom of Speech

Day 360

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."

~Benjamin Franklin~

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

In those days...

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  
2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  
3And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 
5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 
6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 
7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. The Shepherds and the Angels
8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  

9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 
10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  
12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  
16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  
17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  
18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  
19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  
20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Well Bye, 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Born In Bethlehem

Well Bye, 

Their meaning is not be be sought for

Day 358

"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure."

~Thomas Jefferson~ 




Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Truth is...

Day 357

"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought."

~Samuel Adams~ 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Songs I like

Erin showed me how to do this! How to put the songs on my blog without having to use videos! So here are some Christmas songs I like

Well Bye, 

The True Touchstone

Day 356

"It was remarked yesterday that a numerous representation was necessary to obtain the confidence of the people. This is not generally true. The confidence of the people will easily be gained by a good administration. This is the true touchstone."

~Alexander Hamilton~ 


Friday, December 21, 2012

The Wisest Ever Yet

Day 355

"The example of changing a constitution by assembling the wise men of the state, instead of assembling armies, will be worth as much to the world as the former examples we had give them. The constitution, too, which was the result of our deliberation, is unquestionably the wisest ever yet presented to men."

~Thomas Jefferson~ 




Christmas Pictures

Merry Christmas!

Well Bye, 

The whole song is not on the slideshow but if you like it you can listen to the rest here.  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Respect of the Constitution and Laws

Day 354

"If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws – the first growing out of the last. [...] A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government."

 ~Thomas Jefferson~ 




Do You Hear What I Hear?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How many

Day 353

"How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

~Benjamin Franklin~ 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy in Believing

Day 352

I have been happy … in believing that … whatever follies we may be led into as to foreign nations, we shall never give up our Union, the last anchor of our hope, and that alone which is to prevent this heavenly country from becoming an arena of gladiators.

~Thomas Jefferson~ 

This Is Christmas!

"I really like this song! You'd think after hearing it like twenty times I would be tired of it, but no I still love it and I hope you will to." 

Well Bye,

Monday, December 17, 2012

Beating the Tea

Day 351

“After we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of ifs being saved for use, a number of small boats ere manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable.”  

~George Hewes~ a Mohawk on the ships on December 16 1773


This is one of my favorite quotations I found this year. It makes them sound so real; to think of all those men with funny hair going out in their boats to beat the tea it's really a very funny picture. 

I guess. If you don't have anything else to laugh at.

Maybe it might just be funny to me. 

Hope you like it anyway. 

Well Bye, 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Boston Tea Party

Day 350

~December 16, 1775~

“This destruction of the tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid and inflexible, and it must have so important cosequeneses, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an epocha in History.”

~John Adams~




Saturday, December 15, 2012

The day before the Boston Tea Party

Day 349

Rally mohawks! Bring out your axes

And tell King George we’ll pay no taxes

On his foreign tea!




Friday, December 14, 2012


Day 348

"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary." 

~Thomas Paine~

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Enjoyment of the Blessing

Day 347

"The best service that can be rendered to a Country, next to that of giving it liberty, is in diffusing the mental improvement equally essential to the preservation, and the enjoyment of the blessing."

~James Madison~ 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Law and Liberty

Day 346

Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge." 

~James Wilson~

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

He will be great

"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." 

~Luke 1:32~



I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it

Day 344

It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

~Patrick Henry~ 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Breath Of Heaven





Day 343

"Some of the most agreeable moments of my life have been spent in reading works of imagination which have this advantage over history that the incidents of the former may be dressed in the most interesting form, while those of the latter must be confined to fact. They cannot therefore present virtue in the best and vice in the worst forms possible, as the former may."

~Thomas Jefferson~ 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Engraved with the point of pin

Day 341

"Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters."

~Thomas Paine~  




Thursday, December 6, 2012

More the Heart than the Head

Day 340

"The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head."

~Noah Webster~ 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Accountable to God and his Country

Day 339

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."

~Samuel Adams~ 


I don't have anything to name this

Day 338

"The people can never willfully betray their own interests: But they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act."

~James Madison~ 

Monday, December 3, 2012

The First Monday in December

Day 337

"The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day."

~From Article I Section 4 in the US Constitution~ 





Saturday, December 1, 2012

Let us dare to...

Day 336

I was looking for a quotation to use today and I found it in a very unexpected place. Jess borrowed a book from a friend and inside was a receipt from the post office. For a lot of money! (I didn't know you could spend that much at the post office.) At the bottom of the receipt was a quotation from John Adams and that is what I will use today.

"Let us dare to read, think speak and write!" 

~John Adam~  

(Their was not originally a exclamation mark, but I thought it needed one)