Benjamin Franklin

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 you …

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 …

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 …

Honesty, Integrity, Truth, Virtue

George Washington

Honesty, In Government
“It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy. This applies to public as well as private life, to states as well as individuals.” – To James Madison, 1785

Honesty, And Good Sense
“These are qualities to rare and to precious not to merit one’s particular esteem.” – To the Marquis de Lafayette, 1788

Honesty, The Most Enviable Character Trait.
“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain the character of an honest man.” – To Alexander Hamilton, 1788

Honest and Common Sense, Needed for Nation to …

Indifference


Indifference: absence of compulsion to or toward one thing or another
Lazy: disinclined to activity or exertion : not energetic or vigorous

Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

How can we be indifferent and lazy when we are in a battle for our lives, liberty, and happiness?

Ehpisians 6:13-18
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.…

Remain Virtuous and Morally Strong

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I have been recently reading a book called “The Five Thousand Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen. And in the front of the book, we are encouraged to share …

Benjamin Franklin – On the Constitution

Before the Constitution of the United States was signed, Benjamin Franklin made one final speech on the subject. In his speech, he encourages all of the delegates to sign. Stating that there are some points he does not agree with but that it is the most correct form of government, and should be put into effect. Here are a few other quotes from the speech he made to the Convention on September 17, 1787. [Full Text Here]

…there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administred; and I believe farther that

Benjamin Franklin – Role of God in Constitution

In a speech given to the Continental Convention on Jun 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin lets everyone know what he thinks the role of GOD was and needs to be in congress. [Full Text of speech]

He first talks about how they are getting no where because they “are producing as many Noes as Ayes, methinks a melancholy Proof of the Imperfection of the Human Understanding.” He then goes on to say, that “In the beginning of the Contest with Britain, when we were sensible of Danger, we had daily Prayers in this Room for the Divine Protection! Our Prayers, Sir,