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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Presidential Wisdom

I have a lot of opinions about this current Presidential race but my opinions are the limited to my education and experience. We can only know what occurs within our own personal borders. I always seek to expand my knowledge and hopefully, help you expand yours. 

Today I started reading through Presidential Quotes to see the perspective of the leaders who came before us. I'll let their words dominate this blog entry today and I hope that we will all be strengthened, encouraged, amused and enlightened by those who came before us. God bless the U.S.A.

(these quotes were found and are attributed to 

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. 
John Adams 

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. 
John Adams 

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. 
John Quincy Adams 

The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it. 
Chester A. Arthur 

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch. 
George W. Bush 

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
George W. Bush

Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people. 
Grover Cleveland 

You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership. 
Dwight D. Eisenhower 

I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America? 
Dwight D. Eisenhower 

We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. 
Calvin Coolidge 

Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character. 
Calvin Coolidge 

May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not. 
Millard Fillmore 

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. 
Gerald R. Ford 

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter. 
James A. Garfield 

Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future. 
Ulysses S. Grant

America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. 
Warren G. Harding 

Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you. 
Rutherford B. Hayes 

To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible. 
Rutherford B. Hayes 

Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt. 
Herbert Hoover

Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves. 
Herbert Hoover 

Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury. 
Herbert Hoover

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. 
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. 
Thomas Jefferson 

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. 
Thomas Jefferson 

I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditure, and a sparing economy is itself a great national source. 
Andrew Johnson 

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. 
Lyndon B. Johnson 

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. 
John F. Kennedy 

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. 
Abraham Lincoln 

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. 
Abraham Lincoln 

Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles. 
William McKinley

If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished. 
Richard M. Nixon 

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. 
Ronald Reagan 

We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. 
Ronald Reagan 

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. 
Theodore Roosevelt

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril. 
Harry S. Truman