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The Philosopher

John Adams Speaks

 There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
John Adams

 My inclination is to think the Chinese government knows this as well as John Adams knew of this phenomenon.  The Chinese sell us their trinkets, and everything else, use those funds to buy our debt and when the interest on the debt exceeds our GDP, they have us in their grasp.  Will our arsenal of weapons save us, if our economy collapses it is unlikely our weapons will save us.  

 There are two types of governments. 1) The people support their government.  2) The government supports their people. I believe the first option is called Capitalism and the second option is called Socialism.  The latter will require the government to borrow money to pay for all the entitlements they have promised to their citizens.  The former requires their citizens look after themselves and the government.

  “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
John Adams

 “…Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrendered their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.”
John Adams

 “All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise, not from want of honor or virtue, but from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”
John Adams

 “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
John Adams

 “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
John Adams

 “I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.”
John Adams

 “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
John Adams

 “Make Things rather than Persons the subjects of conversations.”
John Adams

 “Upon common theaters, indeed, the applause of the audience is of more importance to the actors than their own approbation. But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value.”
John Adams

 “It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.”
John Adams

 “The Form of Government, which you admire, when its Principles are pure is admirable, indeed, it is productive of every Thing, which is great and excellent among Men. But its Principles are as easily destroyed, as human Nature is corrupted. Such a Government is only to be supported by pure Religion or Austere Morals. Public Virtue cannot exist in a Nation without private virtue….Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company:…I mean Hell.”
John Adams

 “It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”
John Adams

 “The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families.”
John Adams

 “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people… And the preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of the rich men in the country…”
John Adams

 “It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.”
John Adams

 “This country has done much, I wish it may do more, and annul every narrow idea in religion, government, and commerce.”
John Adams