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First Principles: The Defense of Oneself and Others Is the Primary Law Of Nature and Cannot Be Abrogated

“The defense of one’s self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law. This principle of defense is not confined merely to the person; it extends to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Republic Is A Government Under Law Not Rulers

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” – John Adams (1775)      

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First Principles: The President Is To Periodically Report On the State of the Union Along With His Recommendations

“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” – Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Active Executive Is Essential To Good Government

“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 Good Moral Character Is the First Essential In All Mankind

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience In the Design of Ambition

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: Standing Armies Cannot Impose Unjust Laws When the People Are Sufficiently Armed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Every Effort Should Be Made To Encourage and Exalt the Children To Become Their Best Potential

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Federal Law Must Be Equitable To All Parts of Our Nation

“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice … Continue reading

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First Principles: Persons In Places of Public Trust Must Be of Immaculate Character

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” – Samuel Adams (1775)    

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