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Nearly Every Founding Fathers' Quote Shared By A Likely Future Congressman Is Fake

A future "constitutional conservative" member of Congress.

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This is Jody Hice, a pastor and talk radio host, who recently secured a win in a Republican primary to replace Rep. Paul Broun. Hice is almost guaranteed to be the next congressman from Georgia’s 10th District.

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Hice represents an anti-gay viewpoint based on pseudo-science and seriously outdated myths about gay Americans.

He also really loves freedom. He calls himself a "constitutional conservative" and LOVES the Founding Fathers. Check out these posts of his from his Facebook:

Here's another example of misquoting Jefferson:

"Most Bad Government has grown out of Too Much Government." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Jody Hice@jodyhice

"Most Bad Government has grown out of Too Much Government." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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Again, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (which makes a habit of debunking fake Founding Fathers quotes) said this phrase did not come from Jefferson but "John Sharp Williams in a speech about Jefferson" in 1913.

Thomas S. Kidd, an associate professor at Baylor and author of Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, debunked this quote in a blog post on the Huffington Post

Another widely cited "Henry" quotation is: "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." This is a more complex misquotation, because it sounds like something Henry might have said -- maybe during the 1790s, after he opposed the Constitution's adoption, when he was hoping to restrict the new government's powers? The problem is that this quotation seems to have been entirely fabricated, and quite recently at that. The earliest reference I have found to this quotation is in two books published in 2003. But why create a bogus quotation when Henry actually said similar things about the need to restrain government? In any case, this is also frequently cited on social media sites and in political books. On Facebook the quotation has its own "common interest" page.

And this Franklin quote is dubious as well:

This quote from Franklin has been attributed on internet quote sites as a letter Franklin wrote or a phrase Franklin said to Thomas Paine.

According to Paine biographer Alfred Owen Aldridge, "The story must be written off as apocryphal." Likewise, the Papers of Benjamin Franklin has been unable to locate the letter Franklin is said to have made the quote in.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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