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A Quote by Jeannette Rankin on congress and people

We're half the people; we should be half the Congress.

Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on america, complaints, congress, experience, guidance, nations, people, and wit

If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonal experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by George Washington on affection, america, brevity, church, citizenship, congress, divinity, god, government, love, obedience, prayer, presidency, and spirit

Following his brief inaugural address to the Congress, President George Washington and his party walked over to St. Paul's Church for divine services. His prayer that afternoon was: "Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large."

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Following His Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

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A Quote by George Washington on america, citizenship, confidence, congress, constitution, country, execution, government, honor, judgment, justice, people, presidency, punishment, and present

President Washington's second oath of office was taken in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia on March 4, the date fixed by the Continental Congress for inaugurations. Before an assembly of Congressmen, Cabinet officers, judges of the federal and district courts, foreign officials, and a small gathering of Philadelphians, the President offered the shortest inaugural address ever given. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court William Cushing administered the oath of office. Fellow Citizens: I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America. Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Washington's Second Inaugural Speech

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A Quote by George Washington on america, authors, cities, congress, country, day, duty, god, good, government, happiness, humility, kindness, knowledge, mankind, nations, observation, opportunity, people, practice, prayer, prosperity, providence, religio

Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and; Whereas, both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceable to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness"; Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th Day of November Next, to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, and that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; . . . to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand, at the City of New York, the 3rd day of October, a.d. 1789.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation October, a.d. 1789.

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A Quote by George Herbert Walker Bush on congress and taxes

The Congress will push me to raise taxes and I'll say no, and they'll push, and I'll say no, and they'll push again. And I'll say to them, read my lips, no new taxes.

George H.W. Bush (1924 -)

Source: Speech accepting nomination as presidential candidate, Republican Convention, New Orleans 8/88

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A Quote by F. Lee Bailey on congress

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.

F. Lee Bailey (1933 -)

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A Quote by Ethan Allen on authority and congress

Captain Delaplace, Commandant at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, on May 10, 1775, gazed at Allen in bewildered astonishment. "By whose authority do you act?" exclaimed he. "In the name of the great Jehovah, and the Continental Congress!" replied Allen.

Ethan Allen (1738 - 1789)

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A Quote by Colonel David (Davy) Crockett on charity, congress, and money

We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.

Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836)

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A Quote by Cullen Hightower on congress

Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.

Cullen Hightower

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