Founding Fathers

Original Conservatives

Conservative Talking Points remembers our Founding Fathers as heroes rather than villains, thinkers compared to insurgents and wise mentors, not European white males.  They laid out a specific roadmap that created the greatest nation the world has ever known.


Their Quotes

·        "Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government." John Adams

·        "Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners ... their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them." Benjamin Franklin

·        "National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." John Adams

·        "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams


Strong Belief in God

·        "The country's first two presidents, George Washington and John Adams, were firm believers in the importance of religion for republican government." (Source: Official Statement - Library of Congress -

·        "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….." Thomas Jefferson (Source: Declaration of Independence)

·        "We've staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart." James Madison

·        "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible." George Washington

·        "The Law given from Sinai [The Ten Commandments] was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code." John Quincy Adams

·        "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" Thomas Jefferson

·        "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Thomas Jefferson

·        "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God ……" George Washington

·        "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion."  John Adams

·        "In God We Trust" & "One Nation Under God." Our nation's Mottos


Focused on Liberty and Freedom

·        "But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." John Adams

·        "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry

·        "However weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties." Alexander Hamilton

·         "...the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave." John Adams

·        "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." Alexander Hamilton

·        "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

·        "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson


Loathed Large Government

·        "The instrument by which it [government] must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end to liberty!" Alexander Hamilton

·        "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then." Thomas Jefferson

·        "The true principle of government is this — Make the system complete in its structure; give a perfect proportion and balance to its parts; and the powers you give it will never affect your security." Alexander Hamilton