Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: Freedom of Speech and Thought Are Essential To Our Republic

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  –  George Washington  

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First Principles: Knowledge Is the Soul of the Republic

“I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and the wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of the latter.  Education is … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bosom of America Is Open

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” – George … Continue reading

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First Principles: In Uniting, We Stand…

Then join in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. – John Dickinson, lyrics from The Liberty Song Most of my life, I have mistakenly believed this phrase as being another part of American history first.  … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Happiest Moments Come From Family

“…(T)he happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family. “ – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Francis Willis, April 18, 1790    

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First Principles: Good and Wise Government Is Dependent On Family

“[T]hat important and respectable, though small and sometimes neglected establishment, which is denominated a family…[The family is] the principle of the community; it is that seminary, on which the commonwealth, for its manners as well as its numbers, must ultimately … Continue reading

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First Principles: Constitutional Law Is A Noble Inheritance

“If these Commentaries shall but inspire in the rising generation a more ardent love of their country, an unquenchable thirst for liberty, and a profound reverence for the constitution and the union, then they will have accomplished all that their … Continue reading

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First Principles: United We Stand

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”  – Benjamin Franklin        

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First Principles: Parents Have A Duty to Their Children

“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for … Continue reading

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First Principles: Happiness and Dignity Rest On Virtue

“The happiness and dignity of man I admit consists in the practice of private virtues, and to this he is stimulated by the rewards promised to such conduct. In this he acts for himself, and with a view of promoting … Continue reading

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