James Monroe and the American People

Quote

Amazon.com

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

The American people have encountered together great dangers and sustained severe trials with success. They constitute one great family with a common interest.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

 

James Monroe and Political Finances

Quote

Amazon.com

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

The Executive is charged officially in the Departments under it with the disbursement of the public money, and is responsible for the faithful application of it to the purposes for which it is raised. The Legislature is the watchful guardian over the public purse. It is its duty to see that the disbursement has been honestly made. To meet the requisite responsibility every facility should be afforded to the Executive to enable it to bring the public agents intrusted with the public money strictly and promptly to account. Nothing should be presumed against them; but if, with the requisite facilities, the public money is suffered to lie long and uselessly in their hands, they will not be the only defaulters, nor will the demoralizing effect be confined to them. It will evince a relaxation and want of tone in the Administration which will be felt by the whole community.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

 

James Monroe and Friendly Assimilation

Amazon.com

November is Native American Heritage month. The following is one of a series of historic Presidential quotes on Native American rights and the political relations between the United States government and the first nations of this continent.

Fair warning: Most of these statements are not nice and, at times, can be difficult to read. They also make excellent starting points for a research paper.

The most striking thing about this quote is the fact that it is a really long speech (REALLY long) and this single sentence is the only mention of Native Americans. Also, by this point in USA history, ‘civilization’ was code for forcing Native Americans (and all other colonized cultures around the globe) to learn and wholly participate in European (primarily British) culture, religion, beliefs and politics. In short, assimilation or death (literally).

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

With the Indian tribes it is our duty to cultivate friendly relations and to act with kindness and liberality in all our transactions. Equally proper is it to persevere in our efforts to extend to them the advantages of civilization.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

James Monroe and Peacetime Improvements

Quote

Amazon.com

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

Peace is the best time for improvement and preparation of every kind; it is in peace that our commerce flourishes most, that taxes are most easily paid, and that the revenue is most productive.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

 

Protect Rights or Lose Liberties

Quote

Amazon.com

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties. A people who fail to do it can scarcely be said to hold a place among independent nations. National honor is national property of the highest value. The sentiment in the mind of every citizen is national strength.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

 

Common Corruption and the Fall of Government

Quote

Amazon.com

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

 

James Monroe and National Self-Sufficiency

Quote

Amazon.com

JAMES MONROE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

Our manufacturers will likewise require the systematic and fostering care of the Government. Possessing as we do all the raw materials, the fruit of our own soil and industry, we ought not to depend in the degree we have done on supplies from other countries. While we are thus dependent the sudden event of war, unsought and unexpected, can not fail to plunge us into the most serious difficulties. It is important, too, that the capital which nourishes our manufacturers should be domestic, as its influence in that case instead of exhausting, as it may do in foreign hands, would be felt advantageously on agriculture and every other branch of industry. Equally important is it to provide at home a market for our raw materials, as by extending the competition it will enhance the price and protect the cultivator against the casualties incident to foreign markets.

United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.