What the Founding Fathers Would Say About What Is to Come From President Trump

“Although a majority will always find itself uncomfortable with radical ideas attacking its cherished beliefs, as a matter of constitutional law, the policy of the American democracy is that speech, no matter how unpopular, must be protected.” — Thomas Jefferson

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”– George Washington, in a speech of January 7, 1790

“The United States is in no way founded upon the Christian religion.” — John Adams

“All governments are more or less combinations against the people. . .and as rulers have no more virtue than the ruled. . . the power of government can only be kept within its constituted bounds by the display of a power equal to itself, the collected sentiment of the people.”

— Benjamin Franklin Bache, in a Philadelphia Aurora editorial 1794