This has a makings of an Internet meme that will symbolize this election. I never realized how much I respected John Adams until I watched the HBO series bearing his name. He was a true rebel, and while he was a Federalist, he was strong-minded enough to disagree with his party. He represented the British soldiers who committed the Boston Massacre, and 6 of them were acquitted. He helped to draft the Declaration of Independence, and more importantly, fought to gain support for it. His unique beliefs actually led to the idea of "checks and balances." He refused to own slaves. His son became the 6th President of the United States. He died on the 4th of July, 1826, the same day as his friend Thomas Jefferson.
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."