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"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." George Washington 1st POTUS

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"one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress"- John Adams 2nd POTUS

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"who will govern the governor's? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep government pure &the governor's honest, & that is the people themselves......They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government" - Jefferson 3rd POTUS
"Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace." - James Madison 4th POTUS

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"It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment and a usurper soon found." - James Monroe 5th POTUS

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"..because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion....Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -John Quincy Adams 6th POTUS
"You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be revolution before morning." -Andrew Jackson 7th POTUS

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"The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity" - Martin Van Buren 8th POTUS

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"The liberties of a people depends on their own constant attention to it's preservation." - William Henry Harrison 9th POTUS

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"If we find ourselves increasing beyond example in numbers, in strength, in wealth, in knowledge, in everything which promotes human & social happiness, let us ever remember our dependence for all these on the protection & merciful dispensations of Divine Providence"- Tyler 10th
"There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the United States" - James Polk 11th POTUS.

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"The only ground of hope for the continuance of our free institutions is in the proper moral and religious training of the children, that they may be prepared to discharge aright the duties of men and citizens." - Zachary Tylor 12th POTUS

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"It is not strange, however much it may be regretted, that such an exuberance of enterprise should cause some individuals to mistake change for progress and the invasion of the rights of others for national prowess and glory " - Millard Fillmore 13th POTUS

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"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgement, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory...
.....upon which the Union of these States is founded" Franklin Pierce - 14th POTUS

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"The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there" - James Buchanan 15th POTUS

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"We the people are the rightful Masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution" - Abraham Lincoln 16th POTUS

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"Washington D.C. is 12 square miles bordered by reality" - Andrew Johnson 17th POTUS

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"If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason & Dixon's but between patriotism & intelligence on the one side, & superstition, ambition & ignorance on the other." - Ulysses S. Grant 18th POTUS
"Free government cannot long endure if property is largely in a few hands, and large masses of people are unable to earn homes, education and a support in old age." - Rutherford B. Hayes 19th POTUS

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"I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error." - James Garfield 20th POTUS

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"The health of the people is of supreme importance. All measures looking to their protection against the spread of contagious diseases and to the increase of our sanitary knowledge for such purposes deserve attention of Congress." Chester A. Arthur 21st POTUS
"Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people" - Grover Cleveland the 22nd AND 24th POTUS

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Halftime break. Will be back later to finish the saga
"God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of a man as a consumer shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with unalienable rights." - Benjamin Harrison 23rd POTUS

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"The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, & bringing with them &retaining habits & customs repugnant to our civilization." Grover Cleveland 22nd & 24th POTUS
"I do not prize the word cheap. It is a not a word of inspiration. It is a badge of poverty, the signal of distress. Cheap merchandise means cheap men and cheap men mean a cheap country." - William McKinley 25th POUTS

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"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'." - Theodore Roosevelt 26th POTUS

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"No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people." - William Howard Taft 27th POTUS

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"If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing; if you lose your health, you have lost something; but if you lose your character, you have lost everything." - Woodrow Wilson 28th POTUS

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"I am not fit for this office and should never have been here" - Warren G. Harding 29th POTUS

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"Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone, and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation....
.....of organized and selfish interest." - Calvin Coolidge 30th POTUS

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"It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own." - Herbert Hoover 31st POTUS

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"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country." - Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd POTUS

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"An honest public servant can't become rich in politics. He can only attain greatness and satisfaction by service" - Harry S. Truman 33rd POTUS

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"If a political party does not have it's foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right abd that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power." Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th POTUS

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" Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy 35th POTUS

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"Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than ourside the tent pissing in." - Lyndon B. Johnson 36th POTUS

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"Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain." - Richard M. Nixon 37th POTUS

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"In a democracy, the public has a right to know not only what the government decides, but why and by what process." - Gerald R. Ford 38th POTUS

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"God always answers prayers. Sometimes it's 'yes.' Sometimes the answer is 'no.' Sometimes it's 'you gotta be kidding'." - Jimmy Carter 39th POTUS

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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan 40th POTUS

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"The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world." - George H.W. Bush 41st POTUS

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"Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It's fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people." - William J. Clinton 42nd POTUS

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"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." - George W. Bush 43rd POTUS

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"We, the people, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of..
....our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense " - Barack Obama 44th POTUS

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"The American Dream is freedom, prosperity, peace-and liberty and Justice for all. That's a big dream. It's not always easy to achieve, but that's the ideal. More than any country in history we've made gains toward a democracy that is enviable throughout the world. Dreams.....
.... require perseverance if they are to be realized, and fortunately we're a hard working country and people. We are the luckiest people in history, just by the fact that we are Americans." Donald J. Trump 45th POTUS

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Thanks to all who have served to make this country the best it can be. I hope all have a happy and fun #IndependenceDay . Be proud of your American heritage. Celebrate the freedom and liberty we have as a people and as a country. Have a great and safe #4thofJuly
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