The American Soul Knows Principle Trumps Politics

November 21, 2008 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Political | Leave a comment

John Quincy Adams“Under governments purely republican, where every citizen has a deep interest in the affairs of the nation, and in some form of public assembly, has the means and opportunity of delivering his opinions, and of communicating his sentiments by speech; where government itself has no aims but those of persuasion; where prejudice has not acquired an uncontrolled ascendancy, and faction is yet confined within the barriers of peace; the voice of eloquence will not be heard in vain. March then with firm, with steady, with undeviating step, to the prize of your high calling. . . . Consecrate, above all, the faculties of your life to the cause of truth, of freedom, and of humanity. So shall your country ever gladden at the sound of your voice, and every talent, added to your accomplishments, become another blessing to mankind.”
John Quincy Adams – Harvard University Inaugural Oration

What beautifully spoken language. What wonderful things the internet facilitates…


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