Tag Archives: Bill of Rights

First Principles: Self Defense Is A Primary Law Of Nature

“The defense of one’s self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law. This principle of defense is not confined merely to the person; it extends to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is Needed To Curb Taking of Natural Rights

“A people, entering into society, surrender such a part of their natural rights, as shall be necessary for the existence of that society. They are so precious in themselves, that they would never be parted with, did not the preservation … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Bear Arms Rests With the People

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”  – Alexander Hamilton    

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First Principles: Seeming Misfortunes Are Often Blessings In Disguise

“A few years’ experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings.”  – George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights

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First Principles: A Juror Has A Duty to Follow the Juror’s Conscience

“It is not only [the juror’s] right, but his duty…to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” — John Adams, 1771 (2nd US President)    

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First Principles: The Federal Government Must Not Interfere With Religion

“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or … Continue reading

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First Principles: Disarming A People Is the Best Way to Enslave Them

“To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason Some might see the sense of the above quote but still wonder who George Mason is.  Hs name seems at times to be … Continue reading

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First Principles: Possession and Use of Arms

“[T]o preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” – Federal Farmer (1787 Richard Henry Lee was a leader during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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