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Dear Mr. Washington,

“Much of the strength and efficiency of any Government in procuring and securing happiness to the people, depends, on opinion, on the general opinion of the goodness of the Government, as well as well as of the wisdom and integrity of its Governors.” B. Franklin

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Dear Mr. Franklin,

“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests of the people.” J. Madison

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Dear Mr. Jefferson,

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Washington,

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” B. Franklin

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Mr. Jefferson,

“Our Governmental System is established by a compact, not between the Government of the United States, and the State Governments; but between the States, as sovereign communities, stipulating each with the others, a surrender of certain portions, of their respective authorities, to be exercised by a Common Government and a reservation, for their own exercise, of all their other Authorities.” J. Madison

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Dear Mr. Madison,
“In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” T. Jefferson

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Dear Mr. Washington,

“It is the duty, as well as privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” J. Jay

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Dear Mr. Jay, “We may, with a kind of grateful and pious exultation, trace the finger of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the states to appoint a general convention...thereby...laying a lasting foundation for tranquility and happiness, when...confusion and misery were coming rapidly upon us.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Washington,

“Our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies of the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be the introduction of the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society.” E. Boudinot

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Dear Mr. Boudinot,

“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Jefferson,
“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” B. Franklin

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Dear Mr. Franklin,
“Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.” Gouverneur Morris

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Dear Mr. Morris,
“The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Washington,
“God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable, and the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the end tend to the support and establishment of both.” J. Witherspoon

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Dear Mr. Witherspoon,
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” J. Adams

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Dear Mr. Franklin,
“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.” N. Webster

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Dear JQ Public,

“We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution.” J. Story

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Dear Mr. Story, “We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and may promise to the whole people, solemnly in our name, the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion.” R. Sherman

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Dear Mr. Sherman,

“With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” Signors

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Dear Signors,

“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.” S. Adams

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Dear Mr. Adams,

“All confidence must be…reposed only on that God who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose blessing the best human counsels are but foolishness and all created power vanity.” J. Hancock

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Dear Mr. Hancock,

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Washington,

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.” S. Adams

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Dear Mr. Jefferson,

“I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years.” B. Franklin

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Dear Mr. Franklin,

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” J. Madison

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Dear Mr. Madison,

“We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people.” D. Webster

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Dear Mr. Webster,

“Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice…If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.” G. Washington

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Dear Mr. Washington,

“The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution. I am an enemy to all banks, discounting bills or notes for anything but coin. If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” T. Jefferson

About Mel Valkner

Mel Valkner CongressMelvin Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the double majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party. He remains Chairman of the Kalamazoo County affiliate.