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"Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty,
but it is religion and morality alone,
which can establish the principles
upon which freedom can securely stand.
The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue,
and if this cannot be inspired into our People
in a greater Measure than they have it now,
they may change their rulers and the forms of government,
but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."

by:
John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Date:
June 21, 1776
Source:
letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776, (Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (371))

 
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