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First Principles: The Public Cannot Be Too Curious Concerning the Characters of Public Men

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” -Samuel Adams (1775)

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First Principles: Men of Energy of Character Must Have Enemies

“Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Leadership Is A Potent Combination of Strategy and Character. But, If You Must Be Without One, Be Without Strategy

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012)

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First Principles: In Selecting A Candidate For Office, Let Principle Be Your Guide. Regard Not the Particular Sect of Denomination of the Candidate – Look To That Person’s Character

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” – Noah Webster (1789)

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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is A Leading Character In the Definition of Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)      

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The Moral Imagination

It is not enough to give to our children and our society definitions of right and wrong or normless stories and books leading to an inability to make the profound decisions needed for the better world we so desperately need. … Continue reading

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First Principles: Passion Never Fails To Wrest the Scepter From Reason

“In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. … Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. … Continue reading

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First Principles: Mankind Has A Natural Right To Property, Character, Liberty and To Safety

“I am first to show, that a man has a natural right to his property, to his character, to liberty, and to safety.” – James Wilson, in Of the Natural Rights of Individuals    

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First Principles: Passion Never Fails To Wrest the Sceptre From Reason

“In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. … Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” – Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist … Continue reading

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Antebellum Blues

It’s true that there’s a lot more to the Southern side of the story than I’ll cover in this poem.  But, with respect to American history, I would be amiss if I failed to cover this. Antebellum Blues by Michael … Continue reading

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