Saturday, March 18, 2017
This week we celebrated the birthday of James Madison, Founding Father and our fourth President. Present-day patriots, who claim the words of the Founders for support, should heed those of Madison.
"The separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries."
"The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief, nor shall any national religion be established."
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
"The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended."
"To the press alone, the world is indebted for all the triumphs gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."
"The executive has no right to decide whether there is or is not cause for declaring war."
"War should only be declared by the authority of the people, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits."