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First Principles: The Intended Cure For Unsuitable Elected Officials Is To Replace These

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21          

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First Principles: Law Should Have Just and Corresponding Punishment For Disobedience

“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” – Alexander Hamilton (1787)    

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First Principles: The Direction of War Is A Crucial Element Defining the Executive Authority

“Of all the cares or concerns of government, the direction of war most peculiarly demands those qualities which distinguish the exercise of power by a single hand. The direction of war implies the direction of the common strength; and the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Most Productive Finance System Will Always Be The Least Burdensome

“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be Vigilant Of Our Rights Against Even Those Political Leaders We Least Suspect

“[T]he people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 25, 1787 If anyone has any doubt about … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Republic’s Most Sacred Duty Is An Inviolable Respect for the Constitution and Laws

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws – the first growing out of the last.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: Too Often Opponents Seek Advantage In Being Loud and Bitter

“To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Tariffs Tend To Increase Prices For the Items Being Protected

“Measures which serve to abridge the free competition of foreign Articles, have a tendency to occasion an enhancement of prices.” – Alexander Hamilton (1791) While the purposes behind the tariffs might be well intended.  The outcome is not very likely … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Nation Should Strive For Wisdom and Virtue In Its Example

“Happy will it be for ourselves, and most honorable for human nature, if we have wisdom and virtue enough to set so glorious an example to mankind!” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 36, 1788          

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First Principles: Heresies In Politics and Religion Are Rarely Cured By Persecution

“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.” – Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 1 (1787)           … Continue reading

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