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First Principles: Democracy Will Soon Degenerate Into An Anarchy That Every Man Will Do What Is Right In His Own Eyes and No Man’s Life Or Property Or Reputation Or Liberty Will Be Secure

“[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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First Principles: As For Me and My Household, We Will Serve the Lord

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Are Other Qualities In Human Nature, Which Justify A Certain Portion of Esteem and Confidence

“As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.” – James Madison (1788)

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First Principles: Give Up Money, Give Up Fame, Give Up Science, Give the Earth Itself and All It Contains Rather Than Do An Immoral Act

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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First Principles: Equal and Exact Justice To All Men, Of Whatever Persuasion, Religious or Political

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.”– Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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First Principles: There Is A Certain Enthusiasm In Liberty, That Makes Human Nature Rise Above Itself, In Acts of Bravery and Heroism

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” -Hamilton (1775)

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First Principles: They Define A Republic To Be A Government of Laws, and Not of Men

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” – John Adams

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First Principles: Every Man Who Loves His Country…Ought To…Be Able To Set A Due Value On the Means of Preserving It

“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: As For You, You Meant Evil Against Me, But God Meant It For Good

“But Joseph said to them, Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” – Genesis 50:19-20

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First Principles: It was Intended To Lace Them Up Straightly Within Enumerated Powers and Those Without Which, As Means, These Powers Could Not Be Carried Into Effect

“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct … Continue reading

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