Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Favorite Quotes: America Should Be Right and Not Wrong

"I can never join with my voice in the toast which I see in the papers attributed to one of our gallant naval heroes. I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. Fiat justitia, pereat coelum. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right."

-John Quincy Adams 

John Q. Adams wrote this in a letter to his father John Adams where he expressed he'd rather America be on the side of the righteous, than be successful and wrong. It's a shame that further presidents didn't share the same philosophy. The American government committed many sins in the "fight against communism" and later did the same with the Wars on Terror. 

10 comments:

Lois said...

I agree with President Adams.

Martha said...

Oh, good one!

Mary Kirkland said...

That's very interesting.

Moving with Mitchell said...

And on and on it goes...

Jen said...

I certainly agree with him!

Christine said...

Interesting.

Huggybear said...

Please send post haste to Turnip Top. Hopefully he can read.
We all know that he can TWEET.
Cheers
Colin

stephen Hayes said...

Or country is sorely in need of statesmen like John Quincy Adams.

Fundy Blue said...

How about what our government did to the Native Americans?

Jimmy said...

I agree that we definitely need a president like John Q Adams.