I receive a magazine called Above Rubies. They send e-newsletters and a quarterly magazine in the mail. This week, some quotes from past American presidents were included in the e-mail:
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." ~ John Quincy Adams
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
"We do not need more intellectual power; we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. If the foundation be firm, the foundation will stand." ~ Calvin Coolidge
"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated." ~ Ronald Reagan
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are... I'm from the government and I'm here to help." ~ Ronald Reagan
I hope they make you think today.