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First Principles: The Constitution’s Meaning Is A Matter of Plain Meaning

“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Virtue Is the Foundation of A Free Constitution

“The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.” – John Adams (1776) A person seems to keep wanting me to say something more than the founders of our republic said.  The choice posed to me is am I … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be Deliberate In Planning and Implementing Laws

“In planning, forming, and arranging laws, deliberation is always becoming, and always useful.” – James Wilson      

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First Principles: The People Have A Right To Redress Governmental Excess

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people … must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done … Continue reading

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First Principles: Protection of Person and Property Are the Two Proper Aims of Government

“It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Main Purpose of the Constitution Is To Bind Government From Mischief

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson (1798) If Jefferson had been alive during the Obama Administration in … Continue reading

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First Principles: Useful Law Needs To Be Able To Be Easily Read and Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” –  … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Way to Modify Government Is Through Amendment

“If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change … Continue reading

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First Principles: Excessive Taxes Reduce Consumption Which Reduces Taxes

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any … Continue reading

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Counting Costs

Counting Costs* by Michael Romani Big news for the Democrats No, it’s not about New York City rats But, it is about rats across the maze That sit there staring in a daze It seems that somehow it’s news That … Continue reading

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