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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: 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: However Weak Our Country May Be, I Hope We Shall Never Sacrifice Our Liberties

“However weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties.” -Alexander Hamilton (1790)

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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is A Leading Character In the Definition of Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)      

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First Principles: Let Us Not Mistake Words For Things, Nor Accept Doubtful Surmises As the Evidence of Truth

“Let us not mistake words for things, nor accept doubtful surmises as the evidence of truth.” – Alexander Hamilton Compromise was necessary at this juncture in American History in order to become and stay a nation.   To indict all of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Give All the Power To the Many, They Will Oppress the Few. Give All the Power To the Few, They Will Oppress the Many

“Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.” – Alexander Hamilton      

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First Principles: In Disquisitions of Every Kind There Are Certain Primary Truths, or First Principles, Upon 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, in Federalist No. 20 (1788)      

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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is A Leading Character In the Definition of Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)      

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First Principles: The Citizens of America Have Too Much Discernment To Be Argued Into Anarchy

“The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy. and I am much mistaken if experience has not wrought a deep and solemn conviction in the public mind that greater energy of government is essential to … Continue reading

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First Principles: Passion Never Fails To Wrest the Scepter From Reason

“In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. … Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. … Continue reading

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