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First Principles: National Defense Is A Cardinal Duty

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” – John Adams, 1815    

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Thought For the Day: Self Respect Is the Armor Keeping Us Safe From Others

“He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (27 Feb 1807-1882)        

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First Principles: Our Fight For Liberty Is the Cause of All Mankind

“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” – Benjamin Franklin, letter to Samuel Cooper, 1777        

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First Principles: The Virtue of the People Is Our Best Security

“We may look up to armies for defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.” – Samuel Adams, Letter to Joseph Warren, 1775   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neutrality Is Only Respected Through Strength

“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.”  – Alexander Hamilton (1787)            

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First Principles: It Takes Industrious Persons With Excellent Moral Principles To Successfully Lead Our Republic

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Bear Arms Protects The People From Tyranny

“The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Reputation For Weakness Gains Hostility Among Nations, Not Peace

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire … Continue reading

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First Principles: Love of Country Requires Valuing Its Defense

“Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Weakness Is Provocative

“Mr. Obama … came to office saying, and apparently believing, that a more deferential America would be better respected around the world. He will finish his term having disproved his own argument. The real lesson of the last four years … Continue reading

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