It is…the people’s Constitution, the people’s government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people…We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator) Speech Delivered 26th & 27th January 1830 on Foot’s Resolution
Ruling is conducted not by legislation nor diplomacy, but by social and commercial intercommunication; every man opening out for himself the sphere suited to his gifts, and taking his thinking and doing into head and hands as a loyal man and citizen
Amos Bronson Alcott, Tablets (1868) (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, reformer, philosopher, educator)
That land is best governed where the door of opportunity stands wide open to the humblest of citizens, so that no man can shut it.
Francis Greenwood Peabody, Mornings in the College Chapel (1896) p. 82 (Unitarian, educator, ethicist)
The great object of the institution of civil government is the improvement of the condition of those who are parties to the social compact, and no government, in what ever form constituted, can accomplish the lawful ends of its institution but in proportion as it improves the condition of those over whom it is established
John Quincy Adams, “Address of 1825” State of the Union Addresses (Unitarian, diplomat, U.S. Senator 1803-1808, educator, U.S. Secretary of State 1817-1825, U.S. President 1825-1829, U.S. Representative 1830-1848)
The first object of a free people is the preservation of their liberty; and liberty is only to be preserved by maintaining constitutional restraints and just divisions of political power. Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretense of a desire to simplify government. The simplest governments are despotisms… but all republics, all government of law, must impose numerous limitations and qualifications of authority, and give many positive and qualified rights
Daniel Webster, “A Speech Delivered in the U.S. Senate, 7th May 1834” (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator)
To preserve, to improve, and to perpetuate the sources and to direct in their most effective channels the streams which contribute to the public weal is the purpose for which Government was instituted.
John Quincy Adams, “Address of 1827” State of the Union Addresses (Unitarian, U.S. president 1825-1829, diplomat, U.S. Senator 1803-1808, educator, U.S. Representative 1830-1848, U.S. Secretary of State 1817-1825)
Democracy – is a government by all the people for all the people.
Theodore Parker (Unitarian, minister, social reformer) in 1854
Mankind have hitherto treated republican forms of government as divines now treat the doctrine of final restitution. Both have been condemned before an appeal had been made to experiments, for both have been accused of leading to disorder and licentiousness.
Benjamin Rush (Universalist, physician, American “Founding Father”)