Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: The Future Success of America Is In the Laws of God On Which Our Constitution Is Founded

“The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.” – James Madison    

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First Principles: Security Without Liberty Is Called Prison

“Security without liberty is called prison.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Government Should Be Formed To Secure and Enlarge the Exercise of the Natural Rights of Its Members

“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Guard With Jealous Attention the Public Liberty

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry (1788)        

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First Principles: Be A Mortal Enemy To Arbitrary Government and Unlimited Power

“I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power. I am naturally very jealous for the rights and liberties of my country, and the least encroachment of those invaluable privileges is apt to make my blood boil.” – Benjamin … Continue reading

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First Principles: God Governs In the Affairs of Men

“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without … Continue reading

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First Principles: People and Nations Are Forged In the Fires of Adversity

“People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.” – John Adams    

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First Principles: True Friendship Grows Slowly and Must Undergo and Withstand the Shocks of Adversity

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” – George Washington    

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First Principles: Difficulties Are Meant To Rouse, Not Discourage. The Human Spirit Is To Grow Strong By Conflict

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” -William Ellery    

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First Principles: National Defense Is One of the Cardinal Duties of A Statesman

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” – John Adams (1815)    

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