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Introduction

Page 14 Quotes

  • John Adams was the second President of the United States and a signer of the      Declaration of Independence. The quote is from his 1787 Defense of the Constitutions.
  • George Washington was the first President of the United States and a signer of      the US Constitution. The quote is from his letter to Edmund Randolph, July 31, 1795.

Love of Country 

Page 16 Quotes

  • George Washington was the first President of the United States and a signer of      the US Constitution. The quote is from his Farewell Address, 1796. Washington was encouraging citizens to preserve the Union and see themselves and their state as part of a strong country, the United States of America. The sentence preceding this quote is: “Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and is considered to be a Progressive. Despite his progressivism, he uttered many      delightful words about immigrants assimilating into American culture. It just goes to show that even Progressives might have a thought or two that a Conservative could agree with.
  • Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist. He was born in Russia      and immigrated to America as a young boy. This quote is from his song, “God Bless America”, written in 1918.

Page 17 Dinner-Table Dialogue

  • First Question:
    • This question reads like you’re supposed to make a choice, but that is       not what the author intended. You could read it as “loyalty and love” instead of “loyalty or love.”
    • Possible answers:  Yes…
      • Members of the military are often motivated by a sense of loyalty and duty.
      • In May 2010, a terrorist attempted to detonate a bomb in New York City.  A nearby vendor (who said he was a veteran) alerted police and probably saved many lives.
      • Citizens who feel love and loyalty for America are likely to feel love and loyalty toward fellow Americans, as well. We will look out for one another and try to protect each other from harm and danger. We come together as a “team” during international events, whether it’s a happy time like the Olympics or something distressing like war.
  • Second Question:
    • Learn history and civics, be a good citizen, sing patriotic songs, honor       the flag, pledge to the flag, vote, travel around America, live honorably, have conversations about your beliefs, teach and engage others in the truth.
  • Third Question:
    • Love is more than a feeling; it is a decision. Love for country can take the form of appreciating its greatness while also working to improve its problems.
  • Fourth Question:
    • Some of the answers from the second question also apply here. In       addition: be a producer, be an entrepreneur, get an education, run for office, don’t expect or accept handouts, stay out of debt, keep your promises…

Belief in God

Page 20-21 Quotes

  • John Dickinson signed the US Constitution. This quote is from approximately 1766 and is in a book called The Political Writings of John Dickinson, Esquire. It is important to remember that the majority of our Founders believed in God. The few who didn’t believe still demonstrated great respect for others who believed in God, and they appreciated the moral lifestyles of true believers.
  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from 1781, Notes on the State of Virginia.

Page 22 Dinner-Table Dialogue

  • First Question:
    • Life, freedom, liberty, private property (when it is earned), self-defense,       natural marriage, procreation within marriage, provide for family…
  • Second Question:
    • Drive, vote, attend school, serve in the military…

Founded on Faith

Page 24-25 Quotes

  • Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the US      Constitution. This quote is part of a longer address, given at the Constitutional Convention in July 1787.
  • George Washington was the first President of the United States and a signer of      the US Constitution. This quote is from his Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 1789.
  • This quote from George Washington was part of his first inaugural address in April 1789.
  • John Jay was President of the Continental Congress and first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. This quote is from an October 1816 letter to John Murray.

Page 26 Dinner-Table Dialogue

  • No. However, because of US history, it helps to at least have a level of respect for those beliefs.

Page 26 Info Quest

 

 


US Constitution

Page 29 Quotes

  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from a letter to William Johnson, June 1823.
  • Antonin Scalia was a US Supreme Court Justice from 1986 until his death in 2016. This quote is from an April 2007 speech.

 Page 30 Dinner-Table Dialogue

  • First Question:
    • This question is asked so you can point out the difference between following the Constitution versus judicial activism (rulings that seem to be based on political or personal considerations rather than what the law says). Amending the Constitution through the process outlined within it (Article 5) is the best way. It takes time, provoking thoughtful discussion and persuasion, gathering agreement from many citizens before change can happen.
  • Second Question:
    • Yes.
    • Proverbs from the Bible and other sources like Poor Richard’s Almanack.

 Page 30 Info Quest

  • See Article 5 of the US Constitution.

Virtue and Moral Behavior

Page 32 Quotes

  • George Washington was the first President of the United States and a signer of the US Constitution. This quote is from his first inaugural address, 1789.
  • Samuel Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is recorded twice, both in October 1778: in a letter to John Trumbull, and in an address to the Continental Congress.
  • John Adams was the second President of the United States and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The quote is from his October 1798 address to the military.

Marriage

Page 36 Quotes

  • Alexis de Tocqueville was a French historian, political philosopher, and author.  This quote is from his 1835 book, Democracy in America.
  • Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  This quote is from a June 1745 letter to a young man.

Human Life

Page 40 Quotes

  • Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who is known for her work in India where she ministered to orphans and people who were poor, sick, or dying. This quote is from a February 1994 address at the National Prayer Breakfast.
  • Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. This quote is widely attributed to him.

Danger of Power

Page 44-45 Quotes

  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from the 1798 Kentucky Resolution.
  • This quote by Thomas Jefferson is from the 1779 Diffusion of Knowledge Bill, Virginia legislature.
  • Charles Montesquieu was a French political philosopher and social commentator.  This quote is from his work, Spirit of the Laws, approximately 1748.
  • Thomas Paine was an author and an active revolutionary who advocated America’s independence from Britain. This quote is widely attributed to him.
  • James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. He was the principal author (as well as a signer) of the US Constitution. This quote is from his July 1787 speech at the Constitutional Convention.
  • John Adams was the second President of the United States. This quote is widely attributed to him.

Limited Government

Page 48-49 Quotes

  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from an 1824 letter to William Ludlow.
  • James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. He was the principal author (as well as a signer) of the US Constitution. This quote is from his February 1792 comments on a cod fishery bill.

Government Provision

Page 52-53 Quotes

  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is widely attributed to him and can be found in The Jefferson Cyclopedia, page 271.
  • Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. This quote is from his November 1766 publication, On the Price of Corn, and Management of the Poor.
  • Richard Weaver was an American authority on Conservative principles. This quote is from his 1962 book, Ideas Have Consequences.

Low Taxes

Page 56-57 Quotes

  • John Adams was the second President of the United States and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from Thoughts on Government, 1776.
  • Rev. William Boetcker was a highly regarded motivational speaker and political Conservative. He was born in Germany and immigrated to America as a young man. This quote is from his 1916 leaflet, The Ten Cannots.

Spend Wisely

Page 60 Quotes

  • Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. This quote is from his 1758 publication, The Way to Wealth.
  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from his September 1789 letter to James Madison.

Government Benefits

Page 64 Quotes

  • Paul Mallon was an American journalist. This quote is widely attributed to him, based on a newspaper column that appeared in the Reno (NV) Evening Gazette, January 22, 1942. The portion of the column from which this quote is taken reads, “Until man acquires the power of creation, someone will always have to pay for a free lunch. In the old barrooms the consumer paid for it in the price of his beer. In the schools today, the taxpayers of this country are paying for the free lunches.”
  • Adrian Rogers was an American pastor and Bible teacher. This quote is from a 1984 message.

Helping and Donating

Page 68-69 Quotes

  • Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. This quote is from 1887, when he vetoed the Texas Seed Bill, a bill to assist counties in Texas that had been afflicted by drought.
  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is widely attributed to him and can be found in The Jefferson Cyclopedia, page 663.
  • James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. He was the principal author (as well as a signer) of the US Constitution. This quote is from his January 1794 speech to the House of Representatives.
  • This quote from James Madison is recorded in the January 1794 Annals of Congress, when he argued against giving money to refugees from the Haitian Revolution.

Capitalism

Page 72 Quotes

  • Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. This quote is from a March 1860 speech given in Connecticut.
  • Adam Smith was a Scottish philosopher and speaker, well known for his economic theories. This quote is from his 1776 book, The Wealth of Nations.

Socialism

Page 76 Quotes

  • Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and is considered to be a Progressive. Despite his progressivism, he uttered many      delightful and quotable words. It just goes to show that even Progressives might have a thought or two that a Conservative could agree with.
  • Samuel Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from his 1768 letter to an agent in London.
  • Winston Churchill was a British Prime Minister. This quote came from his October 1945 speech in the House of Commons.
  • Walter E. Williams is an American writer, speaker, economist, and professor. This quote is from his August 2004 column, “Socialism is Evil.” (The pre-release edition of Why Am I Conservative? has an alternate quote which is widely attributed to Dr. Williams.)

Climate Change

Page 80 Quotes

  • Dennis T. Avery is an author and expert on agriculture and global climate trends.  This quote is from his December 2006 commentary, “Two More Global Warming False Alarms.”
  • Jonah Goldberg is a bestselling author and columnist. This quote is from his February 2007 column, “Global Cooling Costs Too Much.”

Energy

Page 86 Quote

  • Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. This quote is from his 1980 speech at the Republican National Convention.

Immigrants

Page 90-91 Quotes

  • George Washington was the first President of the United States and a signer of the US Constitution. This quote is from either a letter or a December 1783 address to members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland.
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and is considered to be a Progressive. Despite his progressivism, he uttered many delightful words about immigrants assimilating into American culture. It just goes to show that even Progressives might have a thought or two that a Conservative could agree with.
  • Richard Land is well known for speaking about the social, ethical, and public policy issues facing our country. This quote is from his 2007 article, “Immigration Reform and Southern Baptists.”

Government Protection

Page 94-95 Quotes

  • George Washington was the first President of the United States and a signer of the US Constitution. This quote is from his December 1793 5th Annual Message to Congress.
  • John Stuart Mill was an English philosopher on the subjects of politics and economics. This quote is from April 1862 Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.
  • Barry Goldwater was a US Senator from Arizona and the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee. This quote is widely attributed to him.
  • George Orwell was an English journalist and author. Winston Churchill was a British Prime Minister. This quote has been widely attributed to both of these individuals.

Self Protection

Page 98 Quotes

  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is found in his book, Legal Commonplace Book. The original source of the quote is Cesare Beccaria, in his 1764 (approx) work, Essay on Crimes and Punishments.
  • James Madison was the fourth President of the United States. He was the principal author (as well as a signer) of the US Constitution. This quote is from Federalist Papers #46, 1788.
  • Samuel Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from his arguments during the 1788 debates of the Massachusetts Convention.

Personal Responsibility

Page 102 Quote

  • Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principal author (as well as a signer) of the Declaration of Independence. This quote is from 1781, Notes on the State of Virginia.

Consequences

Page 106-107 Quotes

  • Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and is considered to be a Progressive. Despite his progressivism, he uttered many delightful and quotable words. It just goes to show that even Progressives might have a thought or two that a Conservative could agree with. This quote is widely attributed to him.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States of America while Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President. This quote is from her 1960 book, You Learn By Living.
  • PJ O’Rourke is an American political journalist and author. This quote is from the November 30, 1989 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

You

Page 109-110 Quotes

  • Alexis de Tocqueville was a French historian, political philosopher, and author.  This quote is from his 1835 book, Democracy in America.
  • Winston Churchill was a British Prime Minister. This quote is from the records of the House of Commons, October 28, 1947.
  • Henry Ford was an American inventor, innovator, and businessman. This quote is widely attributed to him.
  • W. Clement Stone was an American businessman, philanthropist, and author.  This quote can be found in his book, The Success System that Never Fails.