Founding Fathers Flashback

July 17, 2011

This is the first in a series of Blogs about our Founding Fathers. Many fail to realize the impact these men had on our nation and often they are falsely portrayed. Here at MississippiConservative.com we attempt to set the record straight using actual quotes and correspondence between John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and others. Each article will include a specific topic and it’s relevance for our time. What did they have to say about faith, healthcare, and liberty? What was their position on education and economics? I hope you enjoy as we Flashback to our Founding Fathers.

Education is very much on the minds of most Americans these days. Recently in Wisconsin people of every state watched on as a major battle took place with Governor Scott Walker standing up to the teachers union. The media played their common role of demonizing the conservative. Here in Mississippi we have our own obstacles to overcome. Democrats and Republicans each have their on ideas concerning education, but what did our founders have to say?

“The Education of our Children is never out of my mind. Train them to virtue habituate then to industry, activity, and spirit. Make them consider every vice, as shameful and unmanly: fire them with Ambition to be useful…make them disdain to be destitute of useful, or ornamental knowledge.” — John Adams

“All systems of religion, morals, and government not founded upon it (the Bible) must perish, and how consoling the thought–it will not only survive the wreck of these systems but the world itself.” “The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” –Benjamin Rush in a letter to John Adams (January 23rd, 1807)

“Light reading (by this I mean books of little importance) may amuse for the moment, but leaves nothing solid behind.” –George Washington

I could not resist posting this pic of Thomas Jefferson and myself. It’s not everyday that you get to hang out with Thomas Jefferson. It was on the back of the Mobile Library of Congress that visited my hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi this week. His pic also had this quote in a letter to John Adams on June 10th, 1815 and it states “I cannot live without books.”

You might say the major contributors of future articles will be from our Founding Fathers themselves in there own words. Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry and others are sure to keep it interesting and bring proper perspective of what America was intended to be.

Stay tuned for more Founding Fathers Flashbacks on Mississippi Conservative.
Grant Sowell

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