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The Ruin of Liberties - Samuel Adams from 1771
Letters and Writings of Samuel Adams ^ | 12/9/1771 | Samuel Adams

Posted on 08/25/2009 7:03:26 AM PDT by Loud Mime

"If the liberties of America are ever compleatly ruined, of which in my opinion there is now the utmost danger, it will in all probability be the consequence of a mistaken notion of prudence, which leads men to acquiesce in measures of the most destructive tendency for the sake of present ease. When designs are form'd to rase the very foundation of a free government, those few who are to erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin, will employ every art to sooth the devoted people into a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery — They are alarmed at nothing so much, as attempts to awaken the people to jealousy and watchfulness; and it has been an old game played over and over again, to hold up the men who would rouse their fellow citizens and countrymen to a sense of their real danger, and spirit them to the most zealous activity in the use of all proper means for the preservation of the public liberty, as 'pretended patriots,' 'intemperate politicians,' rash, hotheaded men, Incendiaries, wretched desperadoes, who, as was said of the best of men, would turn the world upside down, or have done it already."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: candidus; foundingfathers; liberties; lping; quotes; samueladams; teaparty; townhalls
Samuel Adams signed this letter with his pen name of "Candidus"

This essay is available in its entirety at the home link.

1 posted on 08/25/2009 7:03:26 AM PDT by Loud Mime
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To: Vision; definitelynotaliberal; Mother Mary; FoxInSocks; 300magnum; NonValueAdded; sauropod; ...

Historical Writings - ping


2 posted on 08/25/2009 7:04:41 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: SolidWood

additional ping


3 posted on 08/25/2009 7:06:12 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: Loud Mime

Samuel Adams! More than just a good beer!


4 posted on 08/25/2009 7:12:15 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: jwparkerjr

He was a maltster, not a brewer.


5 posted on 08/25/2009 7:14:20 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: Loud Mime
We now see the failings of our education system in full. If educators were truly interested in educating our children, they would do well to return to the curriculaum upon which our founding fathers were raised, brought up to date for current technology.

I have yet to have failed to be amazed at the quality of the reasoning and the depth of thought all of these Founding Fathers demonstrate in their writings.

The reason that we have no Adamses, Hamiltons, or Madisons is because we don't educate our young people to think.

We have allowed Liberals to so dumb down our education system that our nation is now at risk. These guys were brilliant because they were taught to think...mostly from the Bible and from reading the Classics.

"Reading, and 'riting, and 'rithmetic, taught to the tune of a hickory stick," may seem primitive by today's standards, but it is difficult to argue with the results.
6 posted on 08/25/2009 7:19:29 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Without God there is no freedom, for what rights man can give, he can take away.)
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To: Loud Mime

Someone should send this to Sarah Palin.


7 posted on 08/25/2009 7:21:17 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: Loud Mime
those few who are to erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin

Beautifully said.

a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery

Makes me shiver and shake my head.

Here's one from Bob Dylan, "Summer Days":

"Politician's got on his jogging shoes,
Must be runnin' for office, got no time to lose,
He's been sucking the blood out of the genius of generosity,
You been rollin' your eyes, you been teasin' me."

8 posted on 08/25/2009 7:23:14 AM PDT by Huck ("He that lives on hope will die fasting"- Ben Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac)
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To: Loud Mime

And so history repeats itself once again. Good post.

I’m glad our nation’s founders were avid students of history. If they’d found history as boring as Americans today do, they’d have bequeathed to us as crappy a nation as we’re bequeathing to our kids and grandkids. And we would today be cursing them for their selfish laziness and treachery, just as generations to come will curse us for ours.


9 posted on 08/25/2009 7:27:01 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Sudetenland

“We have allowed Liberals to so dumb down our education system that our nation is now at risk.”

Tuesday morning FR WINNER.

They no longer teach US History, except as an elective. They teach social(ist) studies.


10 posted on 08/25/2009 7:34:11 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Loud Mime
It is for us, fellow citizens, to watch over the sacred legacy of our venerated Fathers, and, when necessary, ‘to provide other guards for the future security’ of ourselves and our posterity. To restore, when impaired, our free institutions to their original strength and purity, and to guard them in future against the open or covert assaults of their enemies. To preserve those institutions pure and uncontaminated, amidst the dangerous and corrupting influences of those who, guided not by the spirit of virtue and patriotism, seek only their own personal interests and personal aggrandizement is a sacred and solemn duty which we own to ourselves, and to those who are destined to walk after us.

Nathan Smith

11 posted on 08/25/2009 7:47:55 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Loud Mime
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Samuel Adams

12 posted on 08/25/2009 7:49:39 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Loud Mime
"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."

Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775

13 posted on 08/25/2009 7:51:26 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Sudetenland

It’s been their plan to compromise the education system for close to 100 years.

from the Communist Goals:
http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

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I keep asking “What organization do patriots have that can implement a plan to take back our schools, entertainment media and news media that can counter the damage the ‘domestic enemy’ has established?”


14 posted on 08/25/2009 7:54:54 AM PDT by DDLL
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To: DDLL

Bump for later


15 posted on 08/25/2009 8:08:15 AM PDT by Ethrane ("semper consolar")
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To: Loud Mime; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
When designs are form'd to rase the very foundation of a free government, those few who are to erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin, will employ every art to sooth the devoted people into a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery.



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16 posted on 08/25/2009 8:12:47 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: Pharmboy

PING


17 posted on 08/25/2009 8:14:42 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: Loud Mime

But his beer today is called Samuel Adams, is it not? Not being a smart ass, I don’t drink beer and could easily be wrong. If so, my apologies to him and to those who drink his product today! Thanks!


18 posted on 08/25/2009 9:06:42 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: Loud Mime

Is there anyone left that doubts timeliness of this??!

“If the liberties of America are ever completely ruined, of which in my opinion there is now the utmost danger, it will in all probability be the consequence of a mistaken notion of prudence, which leads men to acquiesce in measures of the most destructive tendency for the sake of present ease. When designs are formed to raise the very foundation of a free government, those few who are to erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin, will employ every art to sooth the devoted people into a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery — They are alarmed at nothing so much, as attempts to awaken the people to jealousy and watchfulness; and it has been an old game played over and over again, to hold up the men who would rouse their fellow citizens and countrymen to a sense of their real danger, and spirit them to the most zealous activity in the use of all proper means for the preservation of the public liberty, as ‘pretended patriots,’ ‘intemperate politicians,’ rash, hotheaded men, Incendiaries, wretched desperadoes, who, as was said of the best of men, would turn the world upside down, or have done it already.”

Mr. Adams might as well be speaking DIRECTLY to US, this very day. Its not often that men long dead from times so long ago can reach out and slap us in a real way like this, but when the words contain the same “sting” they did when they were originally spoken or penned its wise to pay attention.


19 posted on 08/25/2009 9:26:16 AM PDT by myself6 (.)
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To: jwparkerjr

Hey, we are just having fun on this thread. I drink “his” beer when I sit at a pub and drive the maidens crazy with my Samuel Adams trivia.

Thankfully, I travel a lot, so I continually have a new audience.


20 posted on 08/25/2009 9:33:35 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: Bigun

That quote heads a chapter in my book, which goes in for copyright today!


21 posted on 08/25/2009 9:35:11 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: LearsFool

Thank You.

After reading so much of these esteemed authors, I sit back and imagine the events that brought them to the surface. If they were going to revolt, they had to have a plan for the post revolution days. There was no sense in fighting for a state or anarchy.

They unified for a couple of important projects, but afterwards seemed to spin off toward different causes and principles.

Thank God they held together for as long as they did.


22 posted on 08/25/2009 9:39:51 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: Sudetenland

Good points; I like the historical significance of your screen name as well. WWII taught us some great lessons...some of us, anyway.


23 posted on 08/25/2009 9:49:50 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: Loud Mime
If they were going to revolt, they had to have a plan for the post revolution days.

I know that compromises of principle and ideal were required of those involved in the founding of this nation. But I confess I'm not nearly familiar enough with the times to fully appreciate the necessity of every compromise.

Was there a fear that without a strong Union the British or French or Spanish would try to pick off the new states one by one? Seems to be. Was it therefore necessary for the states to sacrifice some of their independence from one another in exchange for maintaining their independence from foreign powers? I think that was the idea. Do we tend, in hindsight, to criticize that relinquishing of state independence? All too often.

Btw, what's your book called, what's it about, and when'll it be available?
24 posted on 08/25/2009 10:08:56 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Loud Mime

Please let me know when it goes to print!

Congratulations!


25 posted on 08/25/2009 10:26:00 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: LearsFool

The first two of the federalist papers can put you into the mindset of the founders. Although I read them some time ago, I reread them last week; I picked up some things that I had not earlier....the founders were worried about the future of events and foreign influences that would take advantage of the lack of a federal power.

My book is about clarity in politics. I’m working on the copyright at this time; it has taken me four years to get to this point. More when its finalized.


26 posted on 08/25/2009 10:40:27 AM PDT by Loud Mime (1. READ Ann Coulter's "Guilty" - - - 2. barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: DDLL
I don't believe there is a solution for our public school system. The problem is symptomatic of our society. Teaching used to be the province of individuals who provided a needed service. The compensation was never great, but the providers were respected for their sacrifice. Today it is all controlled by unions and the only thing that matters is how much teachers get paid. Certainly there are a few exceptions and a few public schools that are doing the job, but in the main schools are in a pitiful state.

I fear that private schooling is the only solution...unless we can elect enough conservatives to do away with the Department of Education and return schools to local control.

Take federal money out of the schooling system and you go a long way towards finding a solution...I am not optimistic though.
27 posted on 08/25/2009 11:11:14 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Without God there is no freedom, for what rights man can give, he can take away.)
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To: Loud Mime

ping


28 posted on 08/25/2009 11:50:34 AM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Joe 6-pack

If you’re not yet on this ping list, I daresay you will enjoy being on it. Happy Solstice.


29 posted on 08/25/2009 12:15:44 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (So how about, in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up? - Gov. Palin)
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To: Loud Mime

I would so love to be at a bar with you. The schmucks I meet in bars are of the hey-baby variety.


30 posted on 08/25/2009 12:17:31 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (So how about, in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up? - Gov. Palin)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

Now, that’s a compliment; thank you. But a bar? I prefer candles and Bordeauxs.


31 posted on 08/25/2009 2:05:48 PM PDT by Loud Mime (barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: Loud Mime

I love reading the founders in their own words. Put me on the list, please...


32 posted on 08/27/2009 10:22:35 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (My country, right or wrong. But BOY...!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

OK, you’re on!


33 posted on 08/27/2009 11:12:19 PM PDT by Loud Mime (barastikas = Obama's logos)
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