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First Principles: A Sacred Respect For the Constitutional Law Is the Vital Principle, the Sustaining Energy of A Free Government

“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: 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: The Republican Principle Demands That the Deliberate Sense of the Community Should Govern the Conduct of Those To Whom They Entrust the Management of Their Affairs

“The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Feeble Executive Implies A Feeble Execution of the Government

“A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.” – Alexander … Continue reading

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First Principles: Real Liberty Is Neither Found In Despotism Or the Extremes of Democracy, But In Moderate Governments

“Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.” – Alexander Hamilton

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First Principles: The Present Constitution Is the Standard To Which We Are To Cling…Rejecting All Changes But Through the Channel Itself Provides For Amendments

“The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” – Alexander Hamilton (1802)

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First Principles: 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

“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, Federalist Paper No. 1

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First Principles: The Judicial Branch May Truly Be Said To Have Neither Force Nor Will, But Merely Judgment and Must Ultimately Depend On the Aid of the Executive Arm Even For the Efficacy of Its Judgments

“[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: Natural Liberty Is A Gift of the Beneficent Creator To the Whole Human Race

“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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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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