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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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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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