posted on May, 30 2011 @ 11:12 PM
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in
this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow
undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address delivered 20 January 1961
"Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people . . . . This radical change in the
principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution."
John Adams, 1818
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or
private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to
institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776