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First Principles: All Men Having Power Ought To Be Distrusted To A Certain Degree

“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” – James Madison (1787)      

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First Principles: The Natural Rights of All People Include the Right To Life; the Right to Liberty; the Right to Property and the Right to Defend These

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.” –  Samuel Adams    

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First Principles: Falsehood of the Tongue Leads To That of the Heart

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is No Greater Mistake Than Doing Nothing Because Only Little Could Be Done

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke, statesman and writer (12 Jan 1729-1797)    

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First Principles: Facts Are Stubborn Things

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams (1770)    

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First Principles: We All Agree In the Obligation of the Moral Principles of Jesus and Nowhere Will They Be found Delivered In Greater Purity Than In His Discourses

“We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and Nowhere Will They Be Found Delivered In Greater Purity Than In His Discourses.” – Thomas Jefferson    

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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 Principle: At Its Best, Government Is A Necessary Evil; At Its Worse, An Intolerable One

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine    

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First Principles: Christianity Is the Religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity and Humanity

“The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.” – John Adams      

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First Principles: The Essential Principles Of Our Government Are Equal and Exact Justice To All Whatever Persuasion

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)    

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