"Let us disappoint the Men
who are raising themselves
upon the ruin of this Country."
by:
John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source:
November 20th, 1772, the Votes and Proceedings of the Town of Boston were printed as a Pamphlet and sent to each Town stating the Rights of the Colonists.
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I hear that.
 -- Anon     
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    He was prophetic! We just did that with the overtrhow maybe once and for all of the Reagan/Bush/Biush-Cheney regime who have almost totally ruined us. We are now on the mend.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Hopefully we can disappoint Obama. Unfortunately even if we do get rid of him he is likely to already to have succeeded in destroying this county in only 2 weeks. He is only just getting started. Easily proving to be the worst congress and president in history.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Good quote, no one speaks that way anymore... I think it's interesting to end the blame at Reagan, John Adams had similar problems as the second president, we are repeating but the repeating did'nt start at Reagan. What strong opinions here today. No one man can be blamed for our countires position. John uses the term "men" meaning many men.
     -- M.Brown, Florida     
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    The Obammunists smile as they promise no more "transferring wealth to the wealthy" be allowed . Nice , sly use of words to pander to the envious who have not been talented or organized enough to produce wealth . And this is the Obammunist Plan : to incite a rabid "get even" covetousness amongst the less prosperous . Obammunists think that the American people are weak and corrupt enough to be induced to covet what is not theirs . They believe that these Americans will go along with the confiscations of wealth from the Producers, in order to get . Thus , charities will be starved ( and no longer needed ) ; in their place, government will use the only method it can - Force - in increasing levels to "force outcomes" , and all will become increasingly dependent upon government, not love; not freedom; not creativity ; and not the charity within the hearts of its People .This is what comes of nations ruled by Obammunist governments . The world is already strewn with slothful and uncreative nations that have gone down this path .
     -- Teddy Cosmos, Anytown     
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    Great quote, I'll smile all day. I'm doing all I know how to make the quote true in our day.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    He could have been referring to the Pelosi, Reed,Frank,Biden gang.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    Yes, let's!!! (Typical partisan BS from Waffler again)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    We are now on the mend with a hyper-spending president and a congress that's super-happy that their pet-projects are getting put through. I despise the last administration just as much as I'm beginning to despise this one. Why not try liberty and freedom for a change? Why not try abiding by the Constitution and actually abide by the 9th and 10th Amendments? That's a novel concept! Why not stop trying to pass onto our children debt bondage? The ignorance of people who say that this can be just like the Great Depression astounds me; we are neither in the same economic or financial standpoint as we were back then --> our GDP and our inflation rate does not equate --> the domestic production rate is far lower than it was --> we have nothing to back our failing dollar other than with more dollars, artificial "hope", and GDP. Without printing more money, we'd experience deflation; the deflation would ensue until it hit equilibrium with the natural free-market production level. With all this new spending, we'll never let that happen -- this then creates an arbitrary government mandated economic financial system that is not run by the free-market but by bureaucrats in Washington and by the Fed. When the dollar crashes this time, there is nothing to help it bounce back. I can stare, wish, throw money at, and give as much faith as I want to towards my flat tire... but staring, wishing, throwing money, and sending "faith" to my flat tire will only make me look like the same kind of idiot these people are who think that good faith, wishing, throwing money at, and careful watching of the economy is actually going to fix what's wrong. We have not had a "change" in government; we're simply seeing the opposite side of the same coin. I am disappointed in the men who have raised themselves up and who are currently destroying my country...
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Great John Adams! He was talking about the situation 200 years ago. America is different today. A good example today of what Mr. Adams meant would be an American company selling weapon systems to an enemy country. To be more clear of what Adams had in mind whoever is reading this should get a copy of Federalist papers. The Founding Fathers understood humanity, history, and their times. They knew humanity would not be different in the future. Nothing today what's happening is new. The Federal papers is the best source to know what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
     -- Anthony, Astoria     
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    When will this website start putting sources with the quotes so that we can research their veracity.
     -- victor, southern utah     
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    It does sometimes put sources with the quote, often when the quote is obviously manufactured by a propagandist.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    We include sources to quotes when we have them. It is thanks to our readers that most are identified. This quote is from "Votes and Proceedings of the Town of Boston" published in a pampthlet in 1772 as referenced by Ellen Chase's 1910 book The Beginnings of the American Revolution. We have not confirmed the quote is from Adams per se; he was elected to the Massachusetts General Court (the colonial legislature) in June 1770. Cheers.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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    Speaker is Samuel Adams. Source: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext00/2sdms10.txt The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Writings of Samuel Adams, V 2 from: A Letter of Correspondence to the Other Towns. Samuel Adams Boston November 20: 1772 Quote is found in the next-to-last sentence of this letter
     -- GBusa, Houston     
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    "He was prophetic! We just did that with the overtrhow maybe once and for all of the Reagan/Bush/Biush-Cheney regime who have almost totally ruined us. We are now on the mend." A mind is a terrible thing to waste...
     -- Duane Phinney     
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    Here, here. Let us all disappoint these (lol) leaders. They certainly disappoint us ...and to their advantage.
     -- Rick, erie, pa     
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    Seems that GBusa and victor were the only ones who bothered to notice the misattribution.

    Open the following document in Adobe Reader if you're interested:

    http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/makingrev/crisis/text6/bostonpamphlet.pdf
     -- anonymous     
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    Thanks for the confirmation of which 'Adams' this was from. We will make the correction later -- we still want folks to be able to access the quote from this URL for a couple days more. Thank you.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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    There is no mending to this mell of a hess this nation is in. Feeding those that lost their jobs in the fall of 08, with in the construction industry, free born sovereigns, will only prolong the fight for a little while. The dollar will go belly up, Consider how many illegals are here, then you see how many they came after in the industry. Very independent lot, rebellious nature. Do not like, being stole from, period ! Hoping we will get old and go away. The hill created the mob, now they better feed them, you know why. it just gets worse from here.
     -- watchman13, USA     
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