While driving across the desert and mountain Southwest to visit friends and family, I listened to the better part of David Hackett Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing. In the penultimate chapter, that Pulitzer Prize-winning historian quotes John Adams on the uprisings of the people of New Jersey after Washington’s victories at Trenton and Princeton:
[They] begin to raise their Spirits exceedingly, and to be firmer than ever. They are actuated by Resentment now, and Resentment coinciding with Principle is a very powerful motive.
We resent how President Obama is attempting to increase the size and scope of government while promising to hold the line on spending. The principle, now as then, is freedom–liberty.
*as President of the United States