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First Principles: Charity Is No Part of the Legislative Duty of the Government

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” – James Madison (1794) I have no idea why followers of the Constitution and the rule of law would have any problem with a singular executive order that did … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Liberties of Our Country, the Freedom of Our Civil Constitution, Are Worth Defending Against All Hazards. And It Is Our Duty To Defend Them

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” – Samuel Adams, Essay, written under the pseudonym “Candidus,” in The Boston … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Highest State of Liberty Subjects Us to the Law of Nature and the Government of God

“It is our duty to endeavor always to promote the general good; to do to all as we would be willing to be done by were we in their circumstances; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly … Continue reading

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First Principles: Only Aim To Do Your Duty, and Mankind Will Give You Credit Where You Fail

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Consciousness of Having Discharged That Duty Which We Owe To Our Country Is Superior To All Other Considerations

“The consciousness of having discharged that duty which we owe to our country is superior to all other considerations.” – George Washington (1788)

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Parents To Maintain Their Children Decently, and According To Their Circumstances; To Protect Them According To the Dictates of Prudence

“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for … Continue reading

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First Principles: Whatever Is My Right As A Man Is Also the Right of Another; and It Becomes My Duty To Guarantee As Well As To Possess

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.” – Thomas Paine

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Thought For the Day: By Liberty, I Mean the Assurance That Every Man Shall Be Protected In Doing What He Believes His Duty Against the Influence of Authority and Majorities, Custom, and Opinion

“By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.” – Lord Acton (1834-1902)

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of All Nations To Acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God,…and Humbly Implore His Protection and Favors

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” – George Washington

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Thought For the Day: A Judge Has A Duty To Decide Cases Based Solely On the Law…Empathy Should Not Play A Role In A Judge’s Consideration of A Case

“A judge has a duty to decide cases based solely on the law … [T]o the extent that empathy is defined as one’s ability to share what another person is feeling from the other person’s point of reference, empathy should … Continue reading

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