Our founders knew all too well the power of dictatorship, of an oligarchy, repression, subjugation, and worst of all, slavery of the will. What these me are telling us, from the very grave, is indeed applicable to what we are experiencing today.
Our country, our America, so dear to our hearts, has been slipping from our grasp, increment by increment, for a hundred years... and hindsight is the only measure we have to determine both worth and hope. There, in the folds of time, we can see what we were hoped to be, and so visualize what we have become. We can have no future as a Democratic Republic, without this understanding. We must seek truth.
“Objects of the most stupendous magnitude. Mirrors which will affect the lives of millions, born and unborn are now before us. We must expect a great expense of blood and pain, but we must always remember that a free constitution of civil government cannot be purchased at too dear a rate as there is nothing on this side of Jerusalem of greater importance to mankind.
My worthy colleague from Pennsylvania has spoken with great ingenuity and eloquence. He has given you a grim prognostication of our national future, but where he foresees apocalypse, I see hope.
I see a new nation ready to take its place in the world, not an empire, but a republic and a republic of laws, not men.
I am not without apprehensions gentlemen, but the end we have in sight is more than worth all the means. My belief says that the hour has come, my judgment approves this measure and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, all that I am and all that I that I hope in this life, I am now ready to stake upon it.
While I live, let me have a country. A free country!”
John Adams — 1776