James Wilson speech - July 4, 1788
Oration Delivered on the Fourth of July 1788, at the Procession Formed at Philadelphia to Celebrate the Adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
My Friends and Fellow Citizens, Your candid and generous indulgence I may well bespeak, for many reasons. I shall mention but one. While I express it, I feel it, in all its force. My abilities are unequal—abilities far superior to mine would be unequal—to the occasion, on which I have the honor of being called to address you.
Remembering Benjamin Franklin – America’s Greatest DiplomatOn January 17, 2006, our nation will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birthday of Benjamin Franklin. His birth began a long line of those whom we have since termed “Founding Fathers”, who came in preparation for the establishment of the American Republic. Samuel Adams would come in 1722; George Washington in 1732; John Adams in 1735; Patrick Henry in 1736; Thomas Jefferson in 1743; and James Madison in 1751. In fact, by 1760, a period of only 54 years, all 121 of the men we generally call Founding Fathers would be born. Fifty-five of them would attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The other 66 would attend the ratification conventions or otherwise be active in promoting and adopting the Constitution of the United States.
101 Constitutional Questions to ask Candidates
Because so many millions of Americans finally realize that something is seriously wrong with the way the government is handling our affairs, people are continually asking: “Do you think there is still time to turn it around?”
When you ask, “Still time before what?” they usually reply: “Before total disaster overtakes us!”
A Statesman's Guide to Proper LawmakingJust ten years before Thomas Jefferson died and after many years of observing people in offices of political power, he commented: “Our legislators are not sufficiently apprised of the rightful limits of their powers….” He could have made the same observation in our day nearly two centuries later. Evidence is plentiful to show that when people are elected to public office and especially after they have been in office awhile, they begin to feel they have authority to do about anything they want as long as they can get enough votes to do it.
A Chain of MiraclesToday, very little time is given in our schools to teach the great governmental truths passed on by our founding fathers, such as George Washington. Even on his birthday, February 22nd, little if anything will be mentioned of the role Washington said that Providence played in the founding of this nation. More importantly, the founding role of Providence in our country has been completely and totally excised from our history books.
The Founders' Unchanging Principles of Liberty
As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence in July and the Constitution in September, let us once again reflect on the marvelous principles underlying these two documents. The following is a review of these principles together with a comment or a quote by the Founders. Documentation may be found inThe Five Thousand Year Leap.
Principle 1–The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law.
Natural law is God’s law. There are certain laws which govern the entire universe, and just as Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence, there are laws which govern in the affairs of men which are “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”