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First Principles: American Colonies Had Long Been Stopped From Abolishing Slavery Or Even Limiting It By Great Britain

“…. (A) disposition to abolish slavery prevails in North America, that many of Pennsylvanians have set their slaves at liberty, and that even the Virginia Assembly have petitioned the King for permission to make a law for preventing the importation … Continue reading

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First Principles: Without Freedom of Thought There Can Be No Wisdom

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin (1722)    

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First Principles: Man’s Wickedness Will Only Increase Without Religion

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Wrong None Through Injury Or Omission of Duty

“Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Live In Moderation and Avoid Extremes

“Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”  -Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principle: In Being Humble, Imitate Jesus and Socrates

“Imitate Jesus and Socrates.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Be Not Disturbed At Trifles Or At Accidents Common Or Unavoidable.

“Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.” – Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principles: Energy and Persistence Conquer All Things

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principles: Congresspersons Are The Servants of the People

“[Members of Congress] are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business…” – Benjamin Franklin (1785)    

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First Principles: We Should Better Follow the Commandments Than the Holidays

“How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.” – Benjamin Franklin (1743)    

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