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Favorite Founding Father....
070311 | Gman992

Posted on 07/03/2011 4:37:15 PM PDT by gman992

Okay, who is everyone favorite founding father??


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KEYWORDS: father; favorite; founding
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Mine is Alexander Hamilton...mainly because he loved money and pissed off that traitor Aaron Burr...(ya...ya..I know it didn't end well...)
1 posted on 07/03/2011 4:37:18 PM PDT by gman992
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To: gman992

Jefferson. There will never be a better, clearer, brighter mind than his.


2 posted on 07/03/2011 4:38:49 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: gman992

Ben Franklin


3 posted on 07/03/2011 4:38:59 PM PDT by Stalwart
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To: gman992

Washington, he never gave up, nor shirked his duty. Jefferson would likely be a tie, but we had to pick one.


4 posted on 07/03/2011 4:39:53 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: gman992

George Washington


5 posted on 07/03/2011 4:40:51 PM PDT by madison10
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To: gman992

Ben Franklin


6 posted on 07/03/2011 4:42:18 PM PDT by DFG (1 useless man is called a disgrace, 2 are called a law firm, 3 or more are called Congress)
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To: gman992

George Washington. Never would have done it without him. And he was the guy who set the precedent of stepping down from office.


7 posted on 07/03/2011 4:42:51 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: gman992
John Adams.

He was obnoxious and disliked, and he never got a monument (or a dinner)!

-PJ

8 posted on 07/03/2011 4:44:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: JDW11235

Washington. A lion among men, and never will a more honorable man hold that office.


9 posted on 07/03/2011 4:45:58 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Political Junkie Too

Quincy of course;)


10 posted on 07/03/2011 4:47:27 PM PDT by csmusaret (If abortion is a choice, let the fetus decide.)
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To: gman992

Benjamin Franklin’s sister - who am I to argue with an Ivy League professor?


11 posted on 07/03/2011 4:48:48 PM PDT by bagman
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To: gman992
Okay, who is everyone

I is me. Who is you? You talk like caveman. That are funny.

12 posted on 07/03/2011 4:49:11 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: gman992

TJ!


13 posted on 07/03/2011 4:51:45 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: gman992; Pharmboy

I like you. :’) Thanks gman992.


14 posted on 07/03/2011 4:51:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Cicero

John Adams. Was the defense attorney for the British Soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre because he believed they needed adequate representation. Knew that the Declaration of Independence needed to come from a Virginian and not himself as he was disliked. Gave up his chance at a second term as President by avoiding a war with the French, much to the dislike and dismay of his own Federalist Party. A man of great moral fiber, as were so many others.


15 posted on 07/03/2011 4:52:18 PM PDT by cumbo78
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To: humblegunner

You is banned??


16 posted on 07/03/2011 4:52:26 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: gman992

George Washington is a man I hold in very high esteem. His personal character was really superlative. Courageous, bright, decisive, a leader of men - yet TRULY humble, such a rare quality.


17 posted on 07/03/2011 4:52:40 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: gman992

I can’t pick just one. Sorry.


18 posted on 07/03/2011 4:52:40 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: gman992

>> and pissed off that traitor Aaron Burr<<

Try saying that with peanut butter in your mouth (anyone remember that commercial?)...


19 posted on 07/03/2011 4:52:45 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: gman992

Jefferson.


20 posted on 07/03/2011 4:53:41 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gman992

I can’t pick one founding father, but I can pick one set and that set includes Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and James Madison.


21 posted on 07/03/2011 4:54:51 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (There is no native criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain)
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To: Sacajaweau

I is not.


22 posted on 07/03/2011 4:54:51 PM PDT by humblegunner
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23 posted on 07/03/2011 4:55:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: freedumb2003

Yup. :-)

Got milk?


24 posted on 07/03/2011 4:55:26 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: gman992

George Washington.


25 posted on 07/03/2011 4:56:11 PM PDT by unkus
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To: csmusaret
Quincy followed his father to Europe to be his secretary. He also separated from his father for three years when he was secretary to the diplomat who went to Russia.

So I might put him in the category of late Founder.

Even John Adams was in Europe while the Constitution was being written. Benjamin Franklin was recalled and was able to participate in crafting the Constitution. Jefferson was also in Europe with Adams and missed out on crafting the Constitution.

So the set of Founders is diverse, and spans the time of agitating for the Declaration of Independence through the ratifying of the Constitution. John Quincy Adams did play a part in securing lines of credit and building foreign relationships with the European countries, while the famous Founders were back home finalizing the Constitution.

-PJ

26 posted on 07/03/2011 4:56:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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Luther Martin

I jest, in part, because I haven't read Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, but here's something from the dustjacket:

The Anti-Federalist Luther Martin of Maryland is known to us--if he is known at all--as the wild man of the Constitutional Convention: a verbose, frequently drunken radical who exasperated James Madison, George Washington, Gouverneur Morris, and the other giants responsible for the creation of the Constitution in Philadelphia that summer of 1787. Martin is still something of a fitfully charming reprobate, but he is also a prophetic voice, warning his heedless contemporaries and his amnesiac posterity that the Constitution, whatever its devisers' intentions, would come to be used as a blueprint for centralized government and a militaristic foreign policy.

27 posted on 07/03/2011 4:56:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: gman992

Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Monroe, Polk and Jackson.


28 posted on 07/03/2011 4:56:27 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gman992

George Washington. He was the best man to ever be President.


29 posted on 07/03/2011 4:56:49 PM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: gman992

The indespensable man: George Washington


30 posted on 07/03/2011 4:57:49 PM PDT by VA Voter
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Washington hands down. A giant among giants.


31 posted on 07/03/2011 4:58:44 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Persevero

George Washington is a man I hold in very high esteem. His personal character was really superlative. Courageous, bright, decisive, a leader of men - yet TRULY humble, such a rare quality.


Very well said.


32 posted on 07/03/2011 4:58:59 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Sacajaweau; humblegunner

33 posted on 07/03/2011 4:59:31 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: cumbo78
Not just that, Adams was one of the few who would not have been given amnesty had the British won. He would have been hanged.

He endured YEARS away from his family and home for the betterment of America and ran the bureaucracy behind the Revolutionary effort singlehandedly at times.

34 posted on 07/03/2011 4:59:35 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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Washington. He is the only man who could have made himself a king and been cheered for doing so. His example in peacefully turning over power and retiring from public life made the difference between the great American experiment ending with a free republic rather than a banana republic.
35 posted on 07/03/2011 4:59:58 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Agreed. Washington also prayed for at least an hour everyday (IIRC), a trait not often found these days, especially by politicians.


36 posted on 07/03/2011 5:01:33 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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"Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Monroe, Polk and Jackson....

although Monroe was the last of the founding fathers.

37 posted on 07/03/2011 5:02:48 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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Sarah likes all the Founding Fathers (me too, the more I read the more I like each one!) in answer to Glenn Beck's question when he interviewed her on his TV program 1/13/10.

Remember when Mika Brzezinski, one of those from the line up of really super-duper smart MSNBC hosts had a chuckle at Sarah's answer On Morning Joe? "Wow !", she exclaimed and then added that Lincoln was her favorite Founding Father.

38 posted on 07/03/2011 5:03:03 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: GonzoGOP

You can’t beat that. How many could turn down a crown or even another term of office? I wonder..., where are these men today or why can’t they get elected?


39 posted on 07/03/2011 5:06:48 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: gman992

George Washington


40 posted on 07/03/2011 5:07:21 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw the Rats and RINOs out!)
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I would say Washington also. The others were great theorists of the revolution, and essential for it. Washington was the man of action who made their dream a reality.


41 posted on 07/03/2011 5:07:25 PM PDT by Argus
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Patrick Henry.

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!"

His words were at first declared treason, but as the colonists thought them over, they knew those words rang true.

"If this be treason, make the most of it!"

Also, Henry was a great Anti-Federalist, and reading his words today certainly enlightened me on the dangers of big government.

42 posted on 07/03/2011 5:07:31 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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Louisiana Purchase! Jefferson outclassed the Eurotwits of the day.


43 posted on 07/03/2011 5:15:22 PM PDT by gr8eman (..."Well...I guess they had it coming, Will...We all got it coming, Kid!")
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George Washington is my favorite even though I enjoy reading the thoughts of many of them. The reason I went with George is the simple fact that he did not set himself up as El Presidente for life which made all the difference. Judging from the history of many revolutions since, that is rare. I look at countries like Zimbabwe and about get on my knees to thank God for George Washington. I think I just might do that tonight.


44 posted on 07/03/2011 5:16:12 PM PDT by dog breath
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Jefferson, but with Franklin a close second.


45 posted on 07/03/2011 5:19:22 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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George Washington.
Without him, we would not have won the Revolutionary war. His amazing leadership skills kept the forces together and when the continental congress didn’t pay the troops, he did.
After the war, many people suggested he become a king, he would not accept that. In fact, by George Washington refusing to become a king, King George III said, “If that is true then he will be the greatest man in the world”.


46 posted on 07/03/2011 5:21:10 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: gman992

What a great thread! I’m torn between Washington and Ben Franklin, but Jefferson is high among our founding fathers.


47 posted on 07/03/2011 5:22:18 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Washington- for all the eloquent reasons previously stated, and my personal favorite reason: he didn’t crave the office!

Will we ever see a “washington” on our lifetiime?
Is there maybe one on the horizon?


48 posted on 07/03/2011 5:24:58 PM PDT by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: gman992

It was a group of very talented leaders. I will vote for James Madison.


49 posted on 07/03/2011 5:25:34 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: gman992

George Washington


50 posted on 07/03/2011 5:28:29 PM PDT by nakutny
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