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First Principles:

“Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security.” – Samuel Adams, Letter to Thomas Wells (November 22, 1780)      

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First Principles: The True and Only Basis of Representative Government Is Equality of Rights

“The true and only basis of representative government is equality of rights. Every man has a right to one vote, and no more in the choice of representatives.” – Thomas Paine, in Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1795)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Doctrine of Liberty and Equality Is An Article In the Political Creed of the United States

“Before the formation of this Constitution, it had been affirmed as a self evident truth, in the declaration of Independence, very deliberately made by the Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled that, “all men are created … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Must Not Let Our Rulers Load Us With Perpetual Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson, in Letter to Samuel Kercheval (July 12, 1816)   All of these trillions of dollars of debt we are currently incurring… When does the payment come … Continue reading

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First Principles: No People Will Tamely Surrender Their Liberties…When Knowledge Is Diffused and Virtue Preserved

“Since private and publick Vices, are in Reality, though not always apparently, so nearly connected, of how much Importance, how necessary is it, that the utmost Pains be taken by the Publick, to have the Principles of Virtue early inculcated … Continue reading

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First Principles: Children Should Be Educated and Instructed In the Principles of Freedom

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” – John Adams, in Defense of the Constitutions (1787)    

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First Principles: Passion Never Fails To Wrest the Sceptre From Reason

“In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. … Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” – Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Cannot Be Too Careful In Excluding Foreign Influence In Our Republic

“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” – Alexander Hamilton (1793)        

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First Principles: Those Decrying Christianity…Are Undermining the Solid Foundation of Morals, the Best Security For the Duration of Free Governments

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, … Continue reading

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