Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: Our Society’s Children Should Be Educated and Taught the Principles of Freedom

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

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First Principles: Those Lacking Private Morality Will Lack Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neutrality Is Only Respected Through Strength

“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.”  – Alexander Hamilton (1787)            

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First Principles: Pursue Your Principles To Your Death

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The More Powerful the Federal Government Grows, the Weaker the State Governments Become

“[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Believe That the Militia Isn’t The Entirety of the People Is Against the Principles of Our Republic

“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them… The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by … Continue reading

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First Principles: Falseness of Tongue Leads To Falseness of Heart

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it … Continue reading

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First Principles: Independence Requires That We Not Be Beholden To Any Foreign Power

“But if we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” – George Washington (1796)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Freedom Is More Usually Taken Through Gradual and Silent Encroachments

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788     … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is A Direct Correlation Between Doing Good and Receiving Good

“[T]here exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.” – … Continue reading

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