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First Principles: No Constitution Can Stand Alone Against Boundless Ambition and Corrupted Morals

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and … no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Corruption of A People Make It Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Or Laws Can Protect A Corrupted People

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams (1749)      

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Daily Prompt – Whisper

In the whisper of the light eternal, we dance Show boat and quiet moments, bring romance She makes my heart flow into cosmic song Until she looks away and I no longer belong Deep in my soul, I mostly feel … Continue reading

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First Principles: Even the Best Constitution Will Not Be Effectual For A Corrupted People

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Is More Certain Than That Licentiousness and Corruption Make A People Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Laws Are Like Cobwebs

“Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” – Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)            

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First Principles: No Wall of Words Can Withstand Boundless Ambition and Corrupted Morals

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neither the Constitution Nor Law Protects A Corrupt People

“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” –Samuel Adams (1749) How about that, the Founders called out the conditions of today more than we might … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Accumulation of Power Into Few Hands Leads To Tyranny

“The accumulation of all powers … in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” —James Madison (1788) in Federalist Paper, No. 47 This … Continue reading

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