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First Principles: The Foundation of the Constitution Rests On Adhering To the Boundaries of the Tenth Amendment

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ … Continue reading

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First Principles: Around the World, Liberty Is Granted By Power; In America Liberty Grants Charters of Power

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example … of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most … Continue reading

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First Principles: Foreign Influence Is A Baneful Foe To Republican Government

“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” – George Washington (1796)    

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First Principles: Absent Freedom of Thought and Speech There Is No Wisdom or Public Liberty

“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.” – Benjamin Franklin (1722)      

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First Principles: Mankind Is Most Content When Best Employed

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days … Continue reading

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First Principles: Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)      

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First Principles: The Only Straight Course Is To Seek Truth Steadily

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” – George Washington (1795)      

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First Principle: At Special Times and After Cool, Deliberate Thinking, The Real Voice of the People May Be Known

“It is on great occasions only, and after time has been given for cool and deliberate reflection, that the real voice of the people can be known.” – George Washington, letter to Edward Carrington, 1796      

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First Principles: All Should Be Given Equal and Exact Justice Under the Rule of Law

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

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First Principles: If We Ensure the Goodness of Our Cause and Rely On God, We Will Be Encouraged To Noble Actions

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and … Continue reading

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