Historical insights – President John Adams


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File:Official Presidential portrait of John Adams (by John Trumbull, circa 1792).jpg

Official Presidential portrait of John Adams by John Trumbull

While our Country remains untainted with the Principles and manners, which are now producing desolation in so many Parts of the World: while the [Country] continues Sincere and incapable of insidious and impious Policy: We shall have the Strongest Reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned Us by Providence. But should the People of America, once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another and towards foreign nations, which assumes the Language of Justice and moderation while it is practicing Iniquity and Extravagance; and displays in the most captivating manner the charming Pictures of Candour frankness & sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and Insolence: this Country will be the most miserable Habitation in the World. Because We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other

John Adams

John Adams to the Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798

National Archive – Founders Online

HT: Sherry, quotes and notes and opinions, Thoughts on the State of our Culture and the 2016 Election. Sherry posted two James White videos in which White references John Adams’s view.

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