"The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other
sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation
ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts.
I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study
mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and
philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture,
navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children
a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary,
tapestry and porcelain."
John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
in a letter to Abigail Adams, 1780
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Excellent. If we don't keep our first principles, we won't be able to keep any of the rest. If we don't protect our most basic rights of life, liberty, and property, nothing else matters.
 -- Anonymous
Government assures each day a sector of the populations' quality just as oxygen is to life. The rules that govern the rights of one effect all others. If we do not have persons of integrity who realize the importance of studying and developing well designed laws that promote and protect quality then quality diminishes because of another idiot in the political arena. Today we have more self serving fascists within our government than ever before and it is but a few that hold together the intent of what our forefathers so diligently designed. Today Native Americans are still fighting for the liberties and freedoms Americans take for granted. The governmental design within many tribes are prior to where America was two hundred years ago. The relationship tribal governments have to America has had little change in two hundred years.The appeasment by more money is all that is different.
 -- J. Crittenden, Tahlequah
I have always said that without freedom there is no art, entertainment, humanity, et al unless I guess if being a unic (castrated) sounds good to you.
Without the knowlledge of freedom and the understanding of it you can't have it; or wouldn't know it if you had it or didn't have it.

-- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Mes(-)Van Dongen] Buday
 -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco , Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), BC(SU), USoEh!(USoA)
This harkens back to the old saying that those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat mankind's mistakes. To bad we never learn these lessons.
 -- john-douglas, nassau
This is even more true in our day....as Paine said "If trouble must come, let it come in my day, that my child may have peace." Amen to the father's willingness to sacrifice his hopes and dreams for that of his children.
 -- Mike, Houston
 -- Anonymous 
Excellent 18th century philosophy and prose which other references have condensed and updated to a 21st century bumper sticker philosophy (which I prefer to the original) Other web sites report the quote as when John Adams was away at the war front doing business, his wife Abigail wrote him and asked: "What should we tell our neighbors? Why are we doing this?" And John wrote her back that famous letter: "You tell them that we study war, so that our children can study business, law, commerce and invention, so that their children can study art, and poetry and music." I am not sure what war front they were referring to in 1780. Also, I recall hearing it attributed to someone else. (I wish I had said that -- don't worry, you will)
 -- J. Granville Baker, Rochester NY
 -- Anonymous 
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 -- Jami Ansel, Morehead City, NC 
 -- Anonymous 
This is why I am a musician
 -- Nathaniel, Atascadero, CA
This is exactly what happened to my family. My grandfather went to war; my parents went into divinity and business, and here I am with my refined sensibilities, preparing to become an entertainer.
 -- Eve, Groton, CT
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