USA: From 1st President through the ages, words of wisdom for Trump to heal the nation in powerful NYT ad – Tom Blair

February 15, 2018



Words of wisdom, immortal words of Presidents, statesmen and great men – living and dead – ring out on the matter of the United States in these tumultous times in a paid ad by a private citizen. Though most echo from a very distant past, yet all hit the mark for these times all Americans, including those elected to serve the people but none who reads this list can fail to see it speaks particularly to one person, and one person alone: Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the USA.

These men, whose times might have been very different, knew the foibles and frailties of men/women, and their words of caution now cry out that we must preserve the ideals and values for which these United States were destined. TOLA, London, England. February 15, 2018.

Below is the way the New York Times Ad appears [Credit: The Washington Post, Print Edition]


Courtesty of Tom Blair, author of the New York Times bestselling book, What Would Ben Say?

A few of the quotes:

  • The people are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. – President Abraham Lincoln
  • Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, let us accept our own responsibility for the future. – John F. Kennedy
  • Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. – President George Washington
  • Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. – President Ronald Reagan 
  • The freedom of speech may be taken away – and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. – President George Washington
  • To announce that there must be no criticism of the President … is morally treasonable to the American public. – President  Theodore Roosevelt
  • No person was ever honored for what he earned. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. – President Calvin Coolidge
  • Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – President John Quincy Adams
  • Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one. – Robert E.
  • I would not be the mere president of a party – I would endeavor to act independent of party domination and should feel bound to administer the government untrammeled by party schemes. – President Zachary Taylor
  • Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise. – President Rutherford B. Hayes
  • In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity. – President Abraham Lincoln (Twitter users take note.)
  • No person connected with me by blood or marriage will be appointed to office. – President Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. – Albert Einstein 


And, fittingly, the last of the 59 quotes, great words of caution, belong to a man who ended slavery and preserved the Union after leading her through the Civil War:

“I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that with you, and not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office-seekers, but with you, is the question, ‘Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved.

 President Abraham Lincoln [SIGNED]



FROM GW THROUGH THE AGESvoices of reason

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018. 7:45 A.M. [GMT]


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