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First Principles: Sovereign Power Tends To Be Hostile To Those Seeking Restraint Of Its Operations

“There is in the nature of sovereign power an impatience of control, that disposes those who are invested with the exercise of it, to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations.” – … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Intended Cure For Unsuitable Elected Officials Is To Replace These

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21          

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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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First Principles: Political Conversion Is Best Done Through Persuasion

“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, 1787 Federalist No. 1 may be read … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Energetic Executive Branch Is Good for the Country

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Law’s Propriety Has Be Determined Based On Natural Law

“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.” —  Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 33 (1788) The text of Federalist No. 33 may be read here: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa33.htmContinue reading

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First Principles: A Nation Should Be Slow In Going Into War and Decisive When It Has Do So

“It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that the nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it, nay that absolute monarchs, will often make war when their … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Intentional Checks And Balances Are To Guard Against Excess

“What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue … Continue reading

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First Principles: Federal Government Grows In Times of War and Danger

“The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.”   – James Madison   With this in mind, I believe … Continue reading

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First Principles: Congress Should Be Limited To Its Enumerated Powers

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison … Continue reading

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