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First Principles: The Advantage of Being Armed Is What Gives the People Our Ultimate Authority

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Bear Arms Protects The People From Tyranny

“The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: No Wall of Words Can Withstand Boundless Ambition and Corrupted Morals

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Knowing History Is A Great Starting Point In Gauging the Present and Future

“History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”  –  Thomas Jefferson (1781) The entitlement programs of America have come to be taken for granted.  And now, as we watch … Continue reading

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