Founding Father John Adams bashes democracy

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President John Adams and his wife, Abigail

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

– John Adams

“Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.”

– John Adams, Thoughts on Government.

“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

– John Adams

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

– John Adams, letter to John Taylor, 1814.

“Human passions unbridled by morality and religion…would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

– John Adams

”Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.”

– John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, Apr. 19, 1817.

“The whole drama of the world is such tragedy that I am weary of the spectacle.”

– John Adams

“A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.”

– John Adams

“While all other Sciences have advanced, that of Government is at a stand; little better understood; little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.”

– John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, Jul. 9, 1813

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
– John Adams

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