• I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government, the Government should not support the people. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood ~President Grover Cleveland
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  • The strength, the perpetuity, and the destiny of the nation rest upon our homes, established by the Law of God, guarded by parental care, regulated by parental authority, and sanctified by parental love . . . The mothers of our land, who rule that nation as the mod the characters and guide the actions of their sons, live according to God’s Holy ordinances, and each, secure and happy in the exclusive love of the father of her children, sheds the warm light of True Womanhood, unperverted and unpolluted, upon all within her pure and wholesome Family Circle. ~President Grover Cleveland
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  • “Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.” ~Grover Cleveland, 24th President. Inaugural Address, March 4, 1893
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  • “And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledge the power and goodness of Almighty God who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country’s history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors.” ~Grover Cleveland, 22nd President. Inaugural Address, March 4, 1885
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  • “I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and the duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.” ~President Grover Cleveland, upon vetoing a bill appropriating money to aid drought-stricken farmers in Texas, February 1887
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  • “Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.” ~Grover Cleveland, (during 2nd Inaugural, March 4, 1893)
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  • “When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
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  • “Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.” ~Grover Cleveland
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Regarding Charity . . .

  • “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve this measure] would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” ~strong>President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)
  • “I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [for charity relief] in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
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  • “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity…. [It] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” ~President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)
  • “I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds…. I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
  • “[Monday was] Labor Day, I suppose set by [an] Act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by, or against, Acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about Labor is beyond us.” ~American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
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