Quotes and Realities
- God's Word and Character Brings Good Government
"When the righteous triumph there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding."
- Proverbs 28:12 (NIV)
- John Quincy Adams
"[T]he Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth.... [and] laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity."
- John Quincy Adams: Diplomat, Attorney; son of John and Abigail Adams; U.S. foreign ambassador under President George Washington to the Netherlands and Portugal, under President John Adams to Prussia, under President James Madison to Russia and England, member of Massachusetts legislature, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State under President James Monroe, sixth President of the United States, member of U.S. House of Representatives, member of Massachusetts Bible Society, Vice-President and member of the American Bible Society, gained reputation for his intense opposition to slavery.
Quoted from: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010), 170: originally quoted from Adams, John Quincy, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), 5-6.
Have you ever read the Constitution and wondered “what were the Founders intentions behind this or that phrase?” The US Constitution in the Resources section contains online references to the Federalist Papers – an early work by three founding fathers on the intention of each section of the US Constitution. But, if you are looking for something more lively, you could turn to the records of the continental congress link in the Resources section, under Congressional Records, or Elliot's or Farrand's records of the debates, or read about the intentions in the more personalized correspondence, writings and letters of the founders.