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"Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" William Henry Harrison, born Feb. 9, 1773.

Harrison was an aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, who defeated the British and Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794. Harrison was the hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, 1811, and the Battle of the Thames, 1813, recovering from the British and their Indian allies, led by Shawnee chief Tecumseh.

William was the son of Benjamin Harrison, to sign the Declaration of Independence, and he was the grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president. William Henry Harrison became Secretary of the Northwest Territory, consisting of 260,000 square miles of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He was the territory's first delegate to Congress and the governor of the Indiana Territory in 1801.

William Henry Harrison served as president, only 31 days, after having given the longest inaugural address, consisting of 8,445 words. Written with the help of Daniel Webster, this is one of the most important topics in Washington, DC Catching a cold, and with little time to recover from the demands of the office, he succumbed to pneumonia . Harrison died on April 4, 1841, being the first president to die in office.

Vice President John Tyler succeeded him, declaring April 9, 1841: "When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves under the dispensation of Divine Providence. … The death of William Henry Harrison, late president of the United States, so soon after his elevation to that high office, is a bereavement … to impress all minds with a sense of the uncertainty of human affairs and the dependence of nations, as Well as individuals, our Heavenly Parent … recommending, as I now do, to the people of the United States … that … they observe a Day of Fasting and Prayer. "

William Henry Harrison, in his inaugural address, March 4, 1841, warned: "The great danger to our institutions does … appear to me to be … the accumulation in one of the departments of that which was assigned to others. Limited to the powers which have been granted, to the extent of being despicable if concentrated in one of the departments … particularly … the Executive. … the tendency of power to increase itself, especially when it would be terminated in a virtual monarchy. "

Senator Daniel Webster stated May 27, 1834: "The contest, for ages, has been saved from the grasp of executive power."

Harrison's warnings were echoed by other presidents.

Ronald Reagan stated in his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981: "Government is not the solution to our problem. … We've been tempted to believe … that government by an elite group is superior to government, by, and of the people. We are a nation that has a government – not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that it is granted by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed. … Our present disorders … are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. "

President Donald Trump agreed, stating in his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 2017: "Today we are not only transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American people. … For too long, a small group in our nation's capital. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – the job left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens … That all changes – starting right here, and right now. … The United States of America, is your country. What is the subject of our government, our government is controlled by the people. "

William Henry Harrison continued his inaugural warning, March 4, 1841: "Republics can commit no greater error than to … continue any feature in their … government which may … increase the love of power in the bosoms of those to When this corrupting passion takes hold of the human mind, it becomes insatiable. It is the never-dying worm in his bosom, grows with his growth and strengthens with declining years of its victim. "

President Harry S. Truman wrote in a personal memorandum, April 16, 1950: "There is a lure in power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do. "

Henry Adams, the great-grandson of President John Adams, stated: "Power is poison."

President Harrison continued his inaugural: "It is the part of wisdom for a country to limit the service of that officer … to whom it has intrusted the management … the principle; the servant, not the master. … "

Harrison added: "The great dread … seems to have had the power of the United States of America and the United States of America. contended. … There is still an undercurrent at work, if not seasonably checked, the worst apprehensions of our anti-federal patriots will be realized. … not only will the state authorities be overshadowed by the increase of power in the executive department … but the character of that government, if not its designation, be essentially and radically changed. This state of affairs has been achieved by … the never-failing tendency of political power to increase itself. "

Reagan reflected a similar sentiment in his inaugural: "It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those to the states or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the States; the states created the federal government. "

President Eisenhower addressed the Governors' Conference, June 24, 1957: "The national government was itself the creature of the states. … Yet today it is often made to appear that the creature, Frankenstein-like, is determined to destroy the creators. "

On Jan. 14, 2014, President Obama expressed his intention regarding power: "We are not just going to be waiting for legislation. … I've got a pen, and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders. "

President Donald Trump expressed: "January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people become rulers of this nation again."

William Henry Harrison continued his warning: "It is not about the extent of its patronage that the Executive Department has become dangerous, but it can not be country. … There was no need for any of the other powers of the Chief Financial Officer. … The first Roman Emperor, in his attempt to seize the sacred treasure, silenced the opposition. … I know the importance … to the divorce … the Treasury from the banking institutions. … It was certainly a great error in the framers of the Constitution not to have made … the head of the Treasury Department entirely independent of the Executive. … A decent and manly examination of the acts of the Government should not be tolerated, but encouraged. … "

Harrison warned of "class warfare": "As long as the love of power is a dominant passion of the human bosom, and as long as the understanding of men can be warped and their affections changed by operations on their passions and prejudices, so long Will the liberties of a people depend on their constant attention to its preservation. The danger to all well-established free governments arises from the unwillingness of the people to believe in … the influence of designing men. … This is the old trick of those who would usurp the government of their country. In the name of democracy they speak, warning the people against the influence of wealth and the danger of aristocracy. History, ancient and modern, is full of such examples. Caesar became the master of the Roman people and the senate under the pretense of supporting the democratic claims of the formation against the aristocracy of the latter; Cromwell, in the character of the protector of the liberties of the people, became the dictator of England, and Bolivar possessed himself of unlimited power with the title of his country's liberator. … The tendencies of all these governments in their decline is to monarchy, and the antagonist principle to liberty there is the spirit of faction – a spirit which assumes the character and in times of great excitement imposes itself upon the people as the genuine spirit of freedom , and, like the false Christs whose coming was foretold by the Savior, seeks to, and was possible, would impose upon the true and most faithful followers of liberty. It is the most important thing in the world. … "

Britain's Lord Thomas MacCauley predicted the Democrat Election Strategy in a letter to New York's Democrat Secretary of State, Henry S. Randall, May 23, 1857: "Institutions of democracy, must destroy, or liberty, or civilization … ruinous load of taxation ugly on the rich for the purpose of supporting the poor in idleness. … You may think that your country enjoys an exemption from these evils. … I am of a very different opinion. Your fate I believe to be certain, though it is deferred. … "

Lord MacCauley continued: "The time will come when … distress everywhere makes the laborer mutinous and discontented, and inclines him to listen to the agitators who tell him that it is a monstrous iniquity that one man should have a million while another can not get a full meal. In bad years there is plenty of grumbling … and sometimes a little rioting. … Your Government will not be able to restrain a distressed and discontented majority. … The day will come when, in the State of New York, a multitude of people, or more than half a breakfast, or will choose a Legislature. … Patience, respect for vested rights, strict observance of public faith. On the other hand, it is important to consider the tyranny of capitalists and usurers, and to ask why they should be allowed to drink champagne and to ride in a carriage. … "

MacCauley concluded: "Which of the two candidates is likely to be preferred by a working man? I seriously consider that you will, in some such season of adversity … devour all the seed-corn, and thus make the next year, a year of scarcity, but of absolute famine. … When a society has entered this downward progress, either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar gold Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand. "

Britain's Lord Acton wrote: "Self-preservation … Everybody likes to get as much power as circumstances allow, and nobody will vote for a self-denying ordinance."

British Prime Minister William Gladstone wrote: "Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race."

Woodrow Wilson Addressed The New York Press Club, Sept. 9, 1912: "The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it."

President Harrison contrasted the "spirit of liberty" with the "spirit of party": "There is at times much difficulty in distinguishing the false from the true spirit, a calm investigation will detect the counterfeit. The true spirit of liberty is mild and tolerant and scrupulous. … while the spirit of party, assuming to be that of liberty, is harsh, vindictive, and intolerant, and totally reckless to the character of the allies to which it contributes to the cause of its cause. … The reign of an intolerant spirit of party among the people of the world.

Similarly, Washington, warned in his farewell address, 1796, that politicians may betray their country to foreigners in their political careers, while misleading public opinion to attack real patriots: "Passionate attachment of one nation for another product of variety evils. … it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens… Facility to betray, or sacrifice the interests of their country … sometimes even with popularity. Such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence the public Councils! … Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealously of a free people to be constantly awake. … "

Washington concluded his warning: "Real Patriots, who can resist the intrigues (secret plans) of the favorite (foreign nations), are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. "

Washington reiterated the importance of religion: "Of all the provisions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. … Morality is a necessary spring of popular government. … Who is a sincere friend to look for in the shake the foundation? "

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In closing his inaugural address, William Henry Harrison stated: "This is a very important opportunity for me to express my belief in religious beliefs, and to have a profound belief in religious morality. a true sense of religion is essential to all true and lasting happiness. "

A similar feeling of faith by President Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 8, 2018: "Our Founders Invoked Our Creator Four Times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, 'In God We Trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'One Nation Under God.' our rights come from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away. … "

Trump added: "We love God. As the Bible tells us, for we are God's handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works. … As long as we open our eyes to God's love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light to all nations. "

President William Henry Harrison concludes his inaugural: "And to that good being who has blessed us by the gifts of civil and religious freedom … let us be united in fervently commending every interest of our beloved country in all future time."

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