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First Principles: America Is A Republic Not A Democracy

“Pure democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their … Continue reading

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

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, 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, in Federalist … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neutrality and Respect Depend on Adequate Power

“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, Federalist Papers No. 11 To read Federalist Papers No. 11 … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Importance of Resting Questions On Available Evidence

“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.”  – Alexander Hamilton (1788) Relevant discussion of any allegations made against anyone else depends on first obtaining the primary evidence … Continue reading

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First Principles: Stability In Government

“Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.”- James Madison … Continue reading

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First Principles – On Disobeying the Law

“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787) In the Federalist Papers, No. 15, Publius  aka Alexander Hamilton argued … Continue reading

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