Gentlemen, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedules for this interview. As you all are aware, we are facing some tough times today with taxes, stifling government policy, and a faltering economy. I would like your opinions on these and other pressing issues.
Before we begin, gentlemen, is everyone comfortable? Coffee or Tea? Thank you. I will introduce each of you when you are posed a specific question in your particular area of expertise.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow me to introduce Samuel Adams. Mr. Adams is a former senator and representative from Massachusetts and a Harvard graduate who has excelled in the sciences at that fine institution.
Mr. Adams, you are a gun owner, sir, and there are elected officials in our government who would limit or abolish your constitutional right of private ownership of guns altogether. As a former representative of Massachusetts, what are your thoughts on this, sir, and where do you stand on the issue?
” And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions.”
Thank you, sir. As you are aware, Mr. Adams, the American people are becoming more disenchanted every year with the whole political process, and voting numbers are down. What is your message to the American citizenry who have the power to vote to engage them?
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
I think that all of us here would agree with you, sir. Voting is a tremendous responsibility. As I stated earlier when I introduced you, you are a Harvard man…what, Yale wouldn’t take you? No seriously, sir, you are an obviously well-educated man. Would you share with us your views on the impact of educating our young people as it relates to American society as a whole?
“If we continue to be a happy people, that happiness must be assured by the enacting and executing of reasonable and wise laws, expressed in the plainest language, and by establishing such modes of education as tend to inculcate in the minds of youth, the feelings and habits of “piety, religion and morality,” and to lead them to the knowledge and love of those truly Republican principles upon which our civil institutions are founded.”
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