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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 (1787)

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First Principles: The Judicial Branch May Truly Be Said To Have Neither Force Nor Will, But Merely Judgment

“[The judicial branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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First Principles: Personal Security and Private Property Rest Entirely Upon the Wisdom, the stability and the Integrity of the Courts of Justice

“Personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.” – Joseph Story (1833)

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First Principles: A People Who Would Stand Fast In Their Liberty Should Furnish Themselves With Weapons Proper For Their Defense and Learn the Use of Them

“A people who would stand fast in their liberty, should furnish themselves with weapons proper for their defence, and learn the use of them. It is indeed an hard case, that those who are happy in the blessings of providence, … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Must Never Be Forgotten That the Liberties of the People Are Not So Safe Under the Gracious Manner of Government As By the Limitation of Power

“It must never be forgotten…that the liberties of the people are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power.” – Richard Henry Lee

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First Principles: ‘Tis the Business of Little Minds To Shrink; But He Whose Heart Is Firm and Whose Conscience Approves His Conduct Will Pursue His Principles Unto 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: I Hope That We Shall Crush In Its Birth the Aristocracy of Our Monied Corporations Which Dare Already To Challenge Our Government To A Trial of Strength and Bid Defiance To the Laws of Our Country

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: History and Experience Prove That Foreign Influence Is One of the Most Baneful Foes of Republican Government

“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” – George Washington (1796)

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First Principles: There Are Certain Primary Truths, Or First Principles, On Which All Subsequent Reasoning Must Depend

“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Nor the Wisest Laws Will Secure the Liberty and Happiness of A People Whose Manners Are Universally Corrupt

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams (1749)

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