Quote of the Day

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” –James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

James Monroe

James Monroe (1758-1831) was the 5th President of the United States of America.

At the young age of 17, following the battles of Lexington and Concord in June of 1775, Monroe joined with 24 older men to raid the arsenal at the Palace of the Governor. He dropped out of the College of William and Mary the following spring to join the Continental Army. 
James Monroe fought in the War of Independence where he served with distinction at the Battle of Trenton in which he suffered a shot in his left shoulder. He never did return to complete college, but he did study law under Thomas Jefferson from 1780 until 1783. [Read his biography HERE.]
America’s Founding Fathers were a remarkable group of men — learned, piercingly intelligent, reverent toward the Creator, and compared to even the most articulate of our time, startlingly eloquent with the spoken and written word.
How I miss them….

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9 years ago

this quote is from a book i just read by stephen r. donaldson the second set of trilogies about thomas covenant and his fight against despite “when evil rises in its full power it surpasses truth and may wear the guise of good without fear of discovery” think about welfare and public aid and most any socialist program established for good but in reality more evil than good. entitlements become a drain on the moral fabric of life.

9 years ago

Thank you, Eowyn, for this wonderful post on James Monroe. He is truly inspirational, and his love for our country is true love, based on sacrifice and goodness! I miss our Founding Fathers too! Igor, thank you for your insightful quote – reminds me of Shakespeare’s admonition that the devil can use scripture for his own purposes!