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)
- Patrick Henry
"[T]he rising greatness of our country... is greatly tarnished by the general prevalence of deism which, with me, is but another name for vice and depravity.... I hear it is said by the deists that I am one of their number; and indeed that some good people think I am no Christian. This thought gives me much more pain than the appellation of Tory [being called a traitor], because I think religion of infinitely higher importance than politics.... [B]eing a Christian... is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast."
- Patrick Henry: Attorney; member of House of Burgesses, member of Continental Congress, member of State Assembly where he gave his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech; Governor of Virginia, member of State convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution.
Quoted from: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010), 151: originally quoted from Arnold, S.G., The Life of Patrick Henry of Virginia (Auburn: Miller, Orton and Mulligan, 1854), 249-250.
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.