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First Principles: The Art of Government Is In Honestly Doing One’s Duty

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1774), in the Rights of British America

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First Principles: Be Just Friends and Brave Enemies

“I am ever unwilling that [peace] should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Juror Has A Duty to Follow the Juror’s Conscience

“It is not only [the juror’s] right, but his duty…to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” — John Adams, 1771 (2nd US President)    

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Intimacy of Connection

Intimacy of Connection by Michael Romani There in the camera’s click Is that silent subtle trick It rests in an intimacy That to be put quite delicately Is an intimacy of connection Brought by the artist’s dedication A dedication of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Parents Have A Duty to Their Children

“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: Resistance To Tyranny Is Everyone’s Duty

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual…Continue steadfast and , with a proper sense of dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which haven gave, an no man ought to take from us.” – John … Continue reading

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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) This quote is from a letter to James Lloyd in 1815. Since the beginning of our nation, it has been thanks to the dedication and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Putting America First

“I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.”  – George Washington … Continue reading

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