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First Principles: We Cannot Govern Based On Hopes For Lasting Peace

“To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)        

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First Principles: The States Retain All Rights Not Exclusively Delegated to the United States

“But as the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, EXCLUSIVELY delegated to … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Constitution Is the Standard We Must Cling To and Measure Our Opposition By

“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: Moderate Taxes Produce Greater Revenue Than Excessive Taxation

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds.” – Alexander Hamilton (1787)       … Continue reading

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First Principles: Sovereign Power Tends To Be Hostile To Those Seeking Restraint Of Its Operations

“There is in the nature of sovereign power an impatience of control, that disposes those who are invested with the exercise of it, to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations.” – … Continue reading

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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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