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First Principles: Whoever Would Overthrow A Nation’s Liberty Must Begin By Subduing Free Speech

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” –  Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Nothing Is of More Importance For Our Nation’s Well-Being Than To Form and Train Up Youth In Wisdom and Virtue

“… (N)othing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue…. I think also, general virtue is more probably to be expected and obtained from the education of youth, than … Continue reading

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First Principles: Beware That Two Passions Strongly Influence Politics – Love of Power and Love of Money

“(T)here are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice—the love of power and the love of money. Separately, each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The End of Our Republic Is Heralded By People Voting Themselves Money

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: There Has Never Been A Bad Peace or A Good War

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Josiah Quincy, September 11, 1783 … but there have been necessary wars nonetheless (me and nearly every other active duty member and Veteran out there)…..   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Is Certain But Death and Taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin (1789)      

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First Principles: There Has Never Been A Democracy That Did Not Commit Suicide

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams (and that’s why we’re a republic and not a democracy says every right thinking … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Responsibility of Every Citizen To Question Authority

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” – Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principles: Patience Brings Us Our Goals

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Those Happily Employed At Good Work Are the Most Content

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily.” – Benjamin Franklin (1771)   … Continue reading

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