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First Principles: Hard Words Are Very Rarely Useful. Real Firmness Is Good For Everything. Strut Is Good for Nothing.

“Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing.” – Alexander Hamilton

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First Principles: The Sacred Rights of Mankind…Are Written…In the Whole Volume of Human Nature, By the Hand of the Divinity Itself

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Present Constitution Is the Standard To Which We Are To Cling. Under Its Banners, Bona Fide Must We Combat Our Political Foes

“The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes.” – Alexander Hamilton (1802)

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First Principles: A Fondness For Power Is Implanted, In Most Men, and It Is Natural To Abuse It, When Acquired

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” – Alexander Hamilton (1775)

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First Principles: Liberty Can Have Nothing To Fear From the Judiciary Alone, But Would Have Everything To Fear From Its Union With Either of the Other Departments

“Liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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First Principles: Nothing Could Be More Ill-Judged Than That Intolerant Spirit, Which Has, At All Times, Characterized Political Parties

“Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives, not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as upon those who oppose the right side of a question. Were there not even … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Natural Cure For An Ill-Administration, In A Popular or Representative Constitution, Is A Change of Men

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” – Alexander Hamilton (1787)

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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is…Essential to the Protection of the Community Against Foreign Attacks

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Foreign Influence Is Truly the Grecian Horse To A Republic. We Cannot Be Too Careful To Exclude Its Influence

“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” – Alexander Hamilton (1793)

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First Principles: The Fundamental Source of All Your Errors, Sophisms, and False Reasonings Is A Total Ignorance of the Natural Rights of Mankind

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, … Continue reading

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