Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is To Prevent the Encroachment of the Federal Government On Private Rights

“The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: Leaders In Our Nation Must Have Good Character

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” —Samuel Adams (1775)        

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First Principles: A Law’s Propriety Has Be Determined Based On Natural Law

“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.” —  Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 33 (1788) The text of Federalist No. 33 may be read here: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa33.htmContinue reading

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First Principles: The Steady Character of Americans Is Our Anchor

“The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor; and notwithstanding the efforts of the papers to disseminate early discontents, I expect that a just, dispassionate and steady conduct, will at length rally to … Continue reading

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Happy 242nd Birthday, United States Navy!

A look past, present and the future of the US Navy can be found here: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/NavyBirthday/index.html

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First Principles: Before A Standing Army Can Rule, the People Must Be Disarmed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Self Defense Is A Primary Law Of Nature

“The defense of one’s self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law. This principle of defense is not confined merely to the person; it extends to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Americans Should Always Remember Our Blessings

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial … Continue reading

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First Principles: Republics Are Lost When Flattery Is Favored Over Truth

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is Needed To Curb Taking of Natural Rights

“A people, entering into society, surrender such a part of their natural rights, as shall be necessary for the existence of that society. They are so precious in themselves, that they would never be parted with, did not the preservation … Continue reading

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