Category: Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers – 2015 TOP Fathers, Quotes…

Quotes, Biographies and writtings of the Founding Fathers

I run another site that is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of the Founding Fathers.  The site is http://www.foundingfatherquotes.com.  I have programmed the site so that it keeps statistics on site usage.  Below are the winners for 2015 in regards to the sites usage.  Remember to check out the FaceBook page associated with the site as well: https://www.facebook.com/founderswisdom/

TOP 10 2015 Founding Fathers

The numbers behind each of the founding fathers is the number of times that their details page was loaded during 2015.  You can click on the founding fathers name to be taken to that page.

Thomas Jefferson…

Interview with Benjamin Franklin

It was my honor to sit down with Benjamin Franklin to discuss his views on some of the common topics of the day as well as his view of what the “American Dream” is.  The following post contains that interview and some interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin.

ben-franklin

Before we start with the interview, I want to give you some back ground information on Benjamin Franklin and who he is.  He was born January 17,1706.  He was one of 10 children born to Josiah Franklin and his second wife Abiah Floger.  Franklin is one of the Founding Fathers of the …

The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner

I have recently been reading a  book entitled, “The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner“.  This book is a collection of Constitutional relates speeches by Ezra Taft Benson, David O. McKay, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and Bruce R. McConkie.

The book gets its name from a speech by Ezra Taft Benson given at the Marriot Center at Brigham Young University on September 16, 1986.  I would like to talk about this speech, and give what I feel are the bullet points or highlights of the speech.  You can get a copy of the speech in HTML, or MP3 format by following …

To vote or not to vote, that has NEVER been the question.

To vote or not to vote, that has NEVER been the question.  I have always maintained, and will always maintain that voting should NEVER be a question.  I care more that you vote, and that you vote for who you believe will do the best job, then you vote the way I WANT YOU TO VOTE.  In order for this Republic (and yes, America is a republic), it is important that the population of voters care enough to vote and vote for who they think best aligns themselves with their morals and view points.

If you don’t vote, then you …

The Old Man Wept

Momzoo and I for our date night went to Costco in Lehi to pick up some bread.  That was not the only thing we did, but we needed to get some to get us through the weekend.  When we were there we saw a booth for a local company called Cultural Hall home decor.  You can visit their website at: http://www.culturalhall.com/index.html

I found the print called “The Old Man Wept”, and fell in love with it.  As most of you know, I like Benjamin Franklin, and I liked this picture.  I suggest that you check out their exhibit if …

Corruption

In a convention speech given by Benjamin Franklin on June 2, 1787, he discusses the topic of salaries and political figures.

There are two Passions which have a powerful Influence in the Affairs of Men. These are Ambition and Avarice; the Love of Power, and the Love of Money. Separately each of these has great Force in prompting Men to Action; but when united in View of the same Object, they have in many Minds the most violent Effect. Place before the Eyes of such Men a [Post] of Honor that shall at the same time be a Place of

People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman Constitutionalist.  Cicero has been quoted for saying the following:

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” – Cicero – 55 BC

I really like this quote, so I decided I wanted to see if it …

Tyranny

Picture by: Raymon Swanland – Tyranny of the Night

The above picture does not have anything really to do with this post except for the name.  But I thought it was a really cool picture, so I added it.

Tyranny: Opressive power; opressive power exerted by government.

Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

James Madison said, “The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.”

I propose two questions for consideration.

Do you fear the government?  Is all power in…

My Caucus Speech

William Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a representative of Rhode Island stated:

“To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth ought not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth.”

I believe that William states what is really needed from a political leader.

Strong Principles Incorruptible Integrity Usefulness (goals that are useful to the country that they serve) Cultivated Intellect…

A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain – Benjamin Franklin

A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain

Whatever is, is in its Causes just
Since all Things are by Fate; but purblind Man
Sees but a part o’ th’ Chain, the nearest Link,
His Eyes not carrying to the equal Beam
That poises all above.
Dryd.

To Mr. J. R.

SIR,

I have here, according to your Request, given you my present Thoughts of the general State of Things in the Universe. Such as they are, you have them, and are welcome to ’em; and if they yield you any Pleasure or Satisfaction, I shall think my Trouble …