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Thought For the Day: The Right To State the Unpopular Is the Essence of Liberty

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell, writer (1903-1950)              

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First Principles: Officials Elected To Washington Tend To Lose Touch With the People

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” — George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788 George Mason more than any … Continue reading

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First Principles: Guard Public Liberty Attentively

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.  Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” –Patrick Henry, in a speech at the Virginia … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is To Prevent the Encroachment of the Federal Government On Private Rights

“The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.” … Continue reading

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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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