Religion and Freedom

From: The Patriot Post – Founders’ Quote Daily

“Statesmen by 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 great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”

— John Adams (letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776) – Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, pg. 371.

Material Oppression by Taxes

From The Patriot Post:

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

— Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 21, 1787)