BENJAMIN RUSH
(1745-1813) Physician, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, Founder of first American Anti-slavery Society

"The only foundation for... a republic is to be laid in Religion.  Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governements."

"I have alternately been called an Aristocrat and a Democrat.  I am neither.  I am a Christocrat."

"In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that [if we remove the Bible from school] we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them."

"In proportion as the United States assume a national form and a national character, so will the good of the whole be more and more an object of attention, and the government must be a weak one indeed, if it should forget that the good of the whole can only be promoted by advancing the good of each of the parts members which compose the whole."
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