WE have been afraid to think. We have felt a reluctance to examining into the grounds of our privileges, and the extent in which we have an indisputable right to demand them against all the power and authority, on earth. And many who have not scrupled to examine for themselves, have yet for certain prudent reasons been cautious, and diffident of declaring the result of their enquiries. John Adams  “A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law,” No. 4  October 21, 1765

WE have been afraid to think. We have felt a reluctance to examining into the grounds of our privileges, and the extent in which we have an indisputable right to demand them against all the power and authority, on earth. And many who have not scrupled to examine for themselves, have yet for certain prudent reasons been cautious, and diffident of declaring the result of their enquiries. – John Adams  “A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law,” No. 4  October 21, 1765

John Adams’ eloquent reminder of the belief in unalienable rights that motivated our Founders to seek independence.

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