Almost Presidents: Sons of presidents who almost won the White House themselves

Eight men who might have been president.

Everybody knows that there were two sons of presidents who became president themselves.  John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, was elected the sixth president of the United States.  And George W. Bush, who was the son of  George Herbert Walker Bush, was elected the 43rd president.  But there were many others who thought about it and eight who either declared or were promoted for the position or were highly expected to run.

1.) Charles Francis Adams

Charles Francis Adams was the son and grandson of presidents and might have become one himself.  He was fluent in several languages, graduated from Harvard at age seventeen and was elected to the House of Representatives.    As Ambassador to the Court of St. James during the American Civil War he is credited with many for keeping England from supporting the Confederacy.

2.) John Van Buren

Many said he was a better lawyer, businessman and politician than his father.  But when “Prince John” as he was called, was elected to the House of Representatives he kept fighting his fathers old battles.

3.) Robert Todd Lincoln

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln rose to prominence in America.  After graduating from law school, every major corporation looked to his services and many offered him positions on their board of directors.   Within decades he became one of the richest men in America and was a cabinet officer and an ambassador.  Heads of State who visited America, often stopped to call on Mr. Lincoln as well.  But many were concerned that his political rise was unhealthy.   At one point, no less than Joseph Pulitzer, himself, railed against the possible presidency of Mr. Lincoln “simply because he is the son of a president.”

4.) Jesse Grant

Jesse Grant, son of President Ulysses S. Grant, joined his mom and dad on their famous round the world trip during their retirement years.  Jesse fell in love with the lavish lifestyle foreign potentates showered on the son of a former head of state and succumbed to their flattery.  Failing to understand how American elections worked, and living in cultures where power rested in a few families, many foreign leaders anticipated that Jesse Grant, himself, would one day be an American president.  It all apparently went to Jesse’s head.  He eventually returned to America and announced he was running for president but the press and the public largely ignored him and his campaign fizzled.

5.) Theodore Roosevelt , Jr.

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was on the fast track to the presidency.  His father had been appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy on his way to the White House, and so had his cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt.  So when TR, Jr. received the same appointment many expected the pattern to be repeated.  But fate did not comply.  Ted served as governor of Puerto Rico and the Philippines.  He was a hero in World War II but recent disclosures show a jealous FDR restricted his press coverage.  TR, Jr. was the only General to land with his own troops on the first wave, on the first day of the Normandy D Day invasion during World War Two.  He died shortly afterward and was awarded the Medal of Honor in absentia.

6.) Robert Taft

Senator Robert Taft, son of President William Howard Taft, is considered by many to have been one of the top five greatest lawmakers in American history.  He ran for president three times and very nearly won the Republican nomination in 1952.

7.) John Eisenhower

John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, son of President Dwight Eisenhower,  is one of America’s greatest military historians.  He served as U. S. ambassador to Belgium in the Nixon administration. In the 1960’s, the Democratic National Committee commissioned a private poll which showed John Eisenhower as their most formidable Republican opponent for president, beating out both Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller but Eisenhower was not tempted.  He is in retirement and is the oldest living child of a president.

8.) John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Many observers believed that JFK, Jr., son of John F. Kennedy, had the best chance to retrace his father’s steps and win back the White House for a Kennedy family member.  Kennedy never traded on those expectations and wisely kept his own counsel about any political ambitions.  His sister made a brief appearance in public life, jockeying for appointment to the Senate.  It did not go well.  JFK, Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999.  He was 38 years old.
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52 Responses to Almost Presidents: Sons of presidents who almost won the White House themselves

  1. Rod Carew says:

    Hi Doug ~ Especially appreciated the comment about John Eisenhower deciding not to run for President.Dwight and John saw back then what we so clearly see today…Maybe it ‘s always been clear and I am just now catching on…So, how do we continue getting our “Awesome RP Message” out ? Maybe instead of having all adults communicate RP message,we should have 50 -14 year olds who will be 18 in 2016 memorize RP message and put them on Social Media,youtube,churches,Debate teams,ect. The Canadians had a 12 yr old girl deliver a six minute scathing eye-popping you tube video ( http://youtu.be/gd71ZPjv0W8 ) about their Federal Reserve.At the end,everyone stood,clapped and cheered…Lets get our Miracle President in office by 2016 and start reforms our God will bless 2 Chronicles 7:14 :)

    • Jim says:

      not sure RP or Doug is very keen on child exploitation. Sad to see Canadians apparently are.

    • Surfisher says:

      Rod Carew — Ignore the JIM creature (no one responds to this troll here).

      ‘Jim’ (previously banned from posting here as “tex2″) pollutes this forum again.

      Ignore this shill — do not reply to it.
      ————————————————————————————

      In case you forgot, this lowlife, like the Bilderberg Gang, wants to see Ron Paul dead:

      (JIM says: July 9, 2012 at 8:07 am “….The good doctor looked really feeble in that last message to the faithful. … Vegas odds say he (Ron Paul) DOESN’T LIVE to see Tampa.”)

    • Surfisher says:

      Rod Carew — great post! I just spread it as follows:

      MUST WATCH this 6 minute video!

      12 year-old Canadian girl (who’s IQ is probably higher than the combined IQs of the Barrack and the Mitt) slams the International Banksters!
      Canada has their own Private Banking Cartel — mirroring our Federal Reserve Board — whose goals are the destruction of the Value of our Money !

      Share and make it viral!

  2. Jim says:

    Great read Doug! Thank you for sharing!

  3. bhspinnaker says:

    So when is Ron Paul going to announce who he’s supporting in the election, or has he decided to be totally irrelevant? There are many “also rans” in recent history like McGovern, Anderson, Perot and Nader. Does anyone remember what were all about?

  4. ___j___ says:

    This is a neat historical backdrop to 2016 and 2020. The recent ones that seem more pointedly relevant to me are Goldwater and Goldwater Jr, although neither became presidents, and of course TR and FDR the fifth-cousin-who-fulfilled-the-role-of-envious-son-by-proxy. Plus, let us not forget that George Romney R-MI came before Mitt Romney R-MA.

    I was worried when Bush2nd clawed McCain’s eyes out in 2000. I was *very* worried when Clinton2nd nearly took the DNC in 2008. But, given her age (and her domination in the pre-2016-straw-poll this month among dems), I expect she will return in 2016/2020. Rand Paul is also likely to be pushed as a liberty-candidate in the same timeframe. We may even need to suffer Bush3rd The Jebilant as a presumptive pooh-bah.

    Obama does not have previously-political ancestors, but his 2012 campaign adverts are *strongly* reminiscent of the imperial royal family celebrity-charade that some Europeans still accept. Click ye here to wish King B and Queen M the happiest of wedding anniversaries, by sending a modest gift of gold doubloons to express your not-at-all-corrupt love.

    Point being, the John/Bobby/Ted/Carolyn royals from Bawstahn are the least of our worries. And… although Rand has the best voting record and budget-proposal in the senate right now, perhaps tied with Mike Lee, his name-recognition is mostly piggybacking on his famous dad. My worry is not that Rand would be a bad liberty-candidate… since I am very much in favor of him… but rather that, just like foolishly putting the author of RomneyCare up against the author of ObamaCare, aren’t we losing the wedge-issue of Hillary’s aristocratic-celebrity nature? Or is it even an *important* rather than peripheral wedge? [Not a rhetorical question.]

    Now, Hillary is a senator with domestic policy experience (HillaryCare!) and she has foreign policy experience (Libya!) recently, so unlike Carolyn Kennedy we cannot gain much traction saying she is *only* making hay on Bill’s name. It could be argued I spose that aristocracy is not an issue worth bringing up? But for myself, *I* still fear aristocracy. Moreover, I also see Hillary’s inability to be fired for her long line of bad policy-decisions as evidence that she definitely is one of those.

    p.s. John Adams feared aristocrats most… but ended up as our first. “When power is made hereditary by political institutions, aristocracy has commenced.” (distilled-aka-edited quote from 1813) http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch15s62.html && wikipedia

    • Surfisher says:

      MUST WATCH this 6 minute video!

      12 year-old Canadian girl (who’s IQ is probably higher than the combined IQs of the Barrack and the Mitt) slams the International Banksters!
      Canada has their own Private Banking Cartel — mirroring our Federal Reserve Board — whose goals are the destruction of the Value of our Money !

      Share and make it viral!

  5. Surfisher says:

    Doug phoned this one in….

    An irrelevant post that has nothing to do with our current election crisis!

    Doug, are you still Ron Paul’s senior adviser?

    If so, please, have a conversation with Dr Paul, and then inform us what his intentions are. We spent too much effort trying to get him elected, to be left now with just silence on your and his part. We, his supporters, have been left in limbo!

    If he is to utilize the Liberty Movement, that has grown exponentially in numbers, to endorse Gary Johnson (or have us Write In Ron Paul as protest vote)— it needs to be announced ASAP! With only 39 days left, it is negligent to the extreme to allow an election that goes unchallenged by a Third Party with all the support that has been garnered so far in opposition to the BO and the Mitt.

    Awaiting an announcement by end of week!
    ————————————————————–

    Doug Wead, if you are no longer Ron Paul’s adviser, let us now — so we can decide what should be done without adhering to your blog’s intent.

    Thank you in advance,

    Surfisher

  6. Jim says:

    Ron Paul sends his regards to Surfisher :

  7. Surfisher says:

    Creature Jim pollutes the forum again…sad little troll….

  8. Surfisher says:

    The Barack creature = the Mitt creature — do NOT vote for either Puppet!

    Vote Gary Johnson (Ron Paul has “unofficially” endorsed him)!

    Read between the lines of this Ron Paul 20 second video!

    • Surfisher says:

      Subhuman Jim displays its hate to all that’s good, again, by posting the above “video” garbage.

      Doug, don’t you care what vandals enter your house…your own blog?!

  9. Surfisher says:

    Doug… you still let the Jim creature pollute your forum…?

  10. Surfisher says:

    LEAKED! Missing Footage From Mitt Romney Video!

    LOL — funny stuff!

  11. Surfisher says:

    LEAKED! Missing Footage From Mitt Romney Video!

    Funny stuff!

    (hope this one works…)

  12. Surfisher says:

    Once more — seems youTube does not like it….

    LEAKED! Missing Footage From Mitt Romney Video!

    Funny stuff!

  13. armyveteran says:

    I enjoyed reading this very informative, and well written blog entry. Thanks!

    mark

  14. Surfisher says:

    The Barrack creature = the Mitt creature — do NOT vote for either Puppet!

    Vote Gary Johnson (Ron Paul has “unofficially” endorsed him)!

    Read between the lines of this Ron Paul 20 second video!

    • Jim says:

      Gary is a pretty decent guy plus (and this is a very big plus) has no ties to Stormfront/KKK/Cato Institute/John Birch Society etc..

  15. Surfisher says:

    Instead of “debating” — have the BO and the Mitt take an independent IQ test on National TV.

    If their combined total is close to 85…have them fight it out with noises produced by whichever orifice they feel is their most potent one…and after the smell clears, declare the winner as the most productive wind and methane producer (Go Green…).

  16. Surfisher says:

    Don’t waste your time watching tonight’s “debate”.

    Here is the condensed version, ready for all to watch now in only 6 minutes:

  17. aurelbarber says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the WRITE-IN RON PAUL CAMPAGNE is in first line not to win this election cicle, because of the VOTING FRAUD MACHINES! Its rigged and everybody knows it. Whats really matter is TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF FREEDOM-LIBERTY MOVEMENT and TO BECOME THE TENT. Through this WRITE-IN CAMPAGNE you”ll become stronger in order to TAKE-OVER THE REP. PARTY. This is the REAL GOAL, or should be, otherwise America will become a GULAG like it was in East Europe. THEY allready have the laws ( NDAA; PATRIOT ACT; etc. ) to do this. I”ve allready expiereced this, i”m talking to you to not make the mistake to get involved in other issues like: GJ;OBAMA;ROMNEY;DEBATES, nothing matters now other than WRITE-IN CAMPAGNE.

    Sincerly yours
    aurel barber

    • Surfisher says:

      Off the cuff…

      Has anyone noticed the Barack creature looks more and more like a chimpanzee, and the Mitt creature like an addition to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum…?

      Just a question….

  18. Surfisher says:

    A Blast from the Past — Ron Paul owns Larry King and Micheal Moore!

    Wait and see — Ron Paul’s words will come true…again!

    (I guess with the sleep-mode the media has put us with the “debates” it will be to late to save our Nation from ruin)

  19. Surfisher says:

    Ron Paul —heed his words on Foreign Aide: IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL (illegally stealing money from working Americans to give OUR HARD EARNED INCOME to Fat Foreign Despots)!!!

  20. Surfisher says:

    Voting for the lesser of two evils, still gets you evil.

    Has anyone noticed the Barack creature looks more and more like a chimpanzee, and the Mitt creature like a statue in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum…and that both are liars and cheats that hate Free Americans!

    So, are you going to vote for Plastic Man or Monkey Boy…hoping whichever one of these evils will destroy our Free Nation at a slower pace…?
    ————————————————————————–

    Or, are you going to take a stand against these two anti-American subhumans, and vote your conscience instead!

    Gary Johnson is THE ONLY ONE TO GET YOUR VOTE — if you are a Real American!

  21. Surfisher says:

    Instead of losing some more brain cells by watching tonight’s losers “debate” — try and energize your individual thinking by watching this video!

    Spread it like wildfire!

  22. Surfisher says:

    The VP “debate”
    ———————-

    My take:

    Two scumbags defending their boss, whose ultimate aim is to be King of USA.

    How sad — we are about to lose our Nation to one of these subhumans!

  23. Surfisher says:

    Obama is an “abomination” to all republicans. I doubt even 0.01% will vote for him.

    With Ron Paul out of the Republican picture (by what most Republican Voters are UNAWARE was a Fascist-like brow-beating of duly elected Ron Paul delegates, and their subsequent removal by nefarious means at the DIRECTION of Mitt Rmoney) the majority of registered republicans will vote Republican.

    It is our job to educate them that Rmoney is NOT a True Republican, but a puppet of the Banking Cartels!

    Ron Paul was a Libertarian before he became republican — so now the torch has been passed to another Libertarian: GARY JOHNSON!

    All Independents, Democrats and Republicans MUST take a look at what Gary Johnson stands for!

    Vote for Gary Johnson — or submit to Dictatorship (there are no other options)!

  24. Jim says:

    Ron Paul Cultists will have one last opportunity to relive the Nuremburg Rallies when Herr Paul holds a rally at University of Utah this month,.wear your armbands!

    • ___j___ says:

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=NhIp9miLOFU (50 mins)
      Ron Paul in Utah, 2012-10-18 in the midst of the prez debates. One attendee guessed around 4k people total (another 5k youtube views within a week). Speech covers the morality of capitalism, as well as the usual topics on restoring liberty: war, central banks, activism…

  25. Surfisher says:

    Biden — better known as the Delaware Bidet — is no smarter than a 5th grader.

    If he won the “debate” — how smart does that make Ryan…?

    Sad state of affairs, when such numbskulls hold high offices (and the people actually vote for such human trash).

  26. aurelbarber says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it has begun, see WRITE-IN RON PAUL 2012 CAMPAGNE. This is the continuation of the REVOLUTION. Everybody should follow and spread the message.

    Sincerly yours
    aurel barber

  27. Jim says:

    Here’s a unigue opportunity for Surfisher to rail against her arch enemy the Joos to Fox news’s Greta (maybe she’ll even have you on the show wearing your SS uniform railing against ;traitors’

  28. Surfisher says:

    PRINCIPLES we must stand by!

    “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….” Thomas Jefferson

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    “When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” DOROTHY THOMPSON

    “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” FREDERICK DOUGLAS

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” —Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” EDMUND BURKE

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    • Jim says:

      Quoting Lincoln now? Didn’t you get the memo form Ron Paul’s neoconfederate buddies at the von Mises Institute (the same revisionists that Dougy shared a stage with last month forever tainting his credibility as an historian.)

  29. Surfisher says:

    Do NOT vote for either the Barack or the Mitt creature (voting for the “lesser” of two evils still gets you evil)!

    Albert Einstein famously defined “insanity” as “doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

    Vote your conscience for a change — not your fears!
    —————————————————–

    MUST read article — too bad most won’t, since it’s longer than three sentences….

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2012/10/10/the-mass-insanity-of-american-voters/0/

  30. Surfisher says:

    A voice of REASON — but the main stream media won’t let you hear it.

    Ron Paul exposes the lies and machination of the BO and the Mitt and their boss — Bernanke!

    Watch this latest video (11 min) and spread it like wildfire!

  31. Surfisher says:

    Amazing that the people have been bamboozled into thinking that either Barack or Mitt are a solution — when both are AGAINST these principles upon which our Nation was built!

    PRINCIPLES we must stand by!

    “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….” Thomas Jefferson

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    “When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” DOROTHY THOMPSON

    “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” FREDERICK DOUGLAS

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” —Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” EDMUND BURKE

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    —————————————————-

    Voting for either would be legitimizing the further corruption that seems to have no end!

    VOTE for Garry Johnson — or face the dire consequences of failing to do so — TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA!

  32. Surfisher says:

    Have the American People been reduced again to vote for the “lesser of two evils” — are there no other options?

    My conscience cannot allow me to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, because, that means that an Evil will still get elected!
    —————————————————————————————————

    1) The Barack is the evil we know — a Socialist minded professional politician that will have most of its venomous teeth pulled out when republicans win more seats this election. Thus, it will lack the ability to do much more damage than it’s done already. If the Barack is “elected” it will end its last term in a whimper.

    2) The Mitt — the evil we don’t know…yet. But all indicators are that it is supported by the Central Banks. And that it supports Israel unquestionably to the detriment of our own national security (will start more unconstitutional wars to protect Israel, not the USA).

    Should the Mitt win, we may be in bigger trouble — since it assured itself of no competition for the next republican nomination (see the false vote it made the GOP do on its behalf — THE TELEPROMPTER “KNEW” IN ADVANCE HOW THE VOTE WILL GO…SHAME, SHAME SHAME on the Mitt creature):

    —————————————————————-

    So, unless we vote for Gary Johnson — who wants to restore Liberty and Prosperity, what would you get instead:

    Final four years of ‘toothless’ BO — or 8 more years of the Mitt (with the possibility it has groomed its spawn — 5 Mormon Sons — to keep the dynasty going) for many decades to come…?!

  33. Surfisher says:

    Have the American People been reduced again to vote for the “lesser of two evils” — are there no other options?

    My conscience cannot allow me to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, because, that means that an Evil will still get elected!
    ———————————————————————————

    1) The Barack is the evil we know — a Socialist minded professional politician that will have most of its venomous teeth pulled out when republicans win more seats this election. Thus, it will lack the ability to do much more damage than it’s done already. If the Barack is “elected” it will end its last term in a whimper.

    2) The Mitt — the evil we don’t know…yet. But all indicators are that it is supported by the Central Banks. And that it supports Israel unquestionably to the detriment of our own national security (will start more unconstitutional wars to protect Israel, not the USA).

    Should the Mitt win, we may be in bigger trouble — since it assured itself of no competition for the next republican nomination (see the false vote it made the GOP do on its behalf — THE TELEPROMPTER “KNEW” IN ADVANCE HOW THE VOTE WILL GO…SHAME, SHAME SHAME on the Mitt creature):

    —————————————————————-

    So, unless we vote for Gary Johnson — who wants to restore Liberty and Prosperity, what would you get instead:

    Final four years of ‘toothless’ BO — or 8 more years of the Mitt (with the possibility it has groomed its spawn — 5 Mormon Sons — to keep the dynasty going) for many decades to come…?!

  34. Surfisher says:

    The BO wants to destroy our Freedoms and our Nation!

    But, If Mitt gets into the White House — expect An American Tragedy!

    Mormon Mitt won’t allow Catholic Ryan to be anything but his doormat (to be disposed of when the time comes).

    His 5 Mormon Sons are getting groomed to take over…and create a Dynasty of little Mormon Mitts for decades to come!

    Now, that is truly scary!

  35. Surfisher says:

    VOTE for Gary Johnson (do not write-in Ron Paul)!

    Here is why:

    The Establishment fears Ron Paul so much that they will do anything to stop him and his (our) movement for Liberty on the election level (since so far they have not been able to control the internet, and thus shut us down completely)!

    The Major Networks will show after the election NOTHING for Ron Paul (not even that he got ANY of the Vote, for that would be admitting that some actually dared to write-in his name).

    The Apparatchiks have been instructed to shred all write-in ballots where Ron Paul’s name appears (for proof just watch after the election and see if Ron Paul is even mentioned, let alone how many votes he got)!

    Gary Johnson is on the ballot in all 50 States — so a vote for him is a vote COUNTED against the wannabe despots of America! (Plus, if he breaks the 5+% level, the Libertarian Party (Ron Paul’s original party) will be eligible for federal funds to the tune of about 90 million dollars for the next election — and no longer will be a financial shoe-string operation!!!)

    VOTE GARY JOHNSON (or write-in Ron Paul if you must) — as long as you vote for what you realize is BEST for our Nation, and NOT get bamboozled into voting again for the “lesser” of two evils (this path only leads to more and bigger evil, for the next election cycle…should there be one)!!!

  36. Surfisher says:

    Principles we must stand by!

    “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….” Thomas Jefferson

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    “Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose.” C. WRIGHT MILLS

    “When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” DOROTHY THOMPSON

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”—Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” EDMUND BURKE

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    “We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
    But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” — Written in a letter by then former President Theodore Roosevelt on January 3, 1919 to the president of the American Defense Society.

  37. Surfisher says:

    Ron Paul schools Barack Hussein:
    “If you don’t know the Constitution (the one you swore to protect) you shouldn’t be in Office.”

    10 minute video — spread it like wildfire!

    (also, note how without a teleprompter Lil’ Hussein can’t put two words together without mumbling, bumbling and stumbling)

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