"The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. They are more: they are the best basis of public liberty, and the strongest bulwark of public safety. It follows, that the greater the proportion of this class to the whole society, the more free, the more independent, and the more happy must be the society itself."
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James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
National Gazette, 3 March 1792
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I think that we could use a few more like President Madison.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! ! You didn't do - build that / It takes a village collectivism implementation is an exercise in depression, poverty, tyranny and all else that is contrary to freedom, independence and happiness.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Patriots, you must understand that quotes like this one from James Madison are classic examples of why obama his 32 czars and muslim brotherhood followers are intent of destroying the middle class here in America; and repalcing them with illegal-aliens and students dumbed-down by commom core. Rise up America and take our country back from the progressives who intend to radically reform it.
     -- Robert L. Davis, Neboville TN     
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    Absolutely!! We can be independent as well as interdependent -- that is the 'trade' between us and the lifeblood of a functional society.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    We're paying for that now.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, mackay      
     
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