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First Principles: We Cannot Be Too Careful In Excluding Foreign Influence In Our Republic

“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” – Alexander Hamilton (1793)        

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First Principles: Those Decrying Christianity…Are Undermining the Solid Foundation of Morals, the Best Security For the Duration of Free Governments

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, … Continue reading

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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.” – Alexander Hamilton, in The Farmer Refuted (February 23, 1775)    

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First Principles: All Mankind Is By Nature Free and Independent Having Inherent Rights of Which They Cannot By Any Compact Be Deprived

“There are certain maxims by which every wise and enlightened people will regulate their conduct. There are certain political maxims, which no free people out ever to abandon. Maxims of which the observance is essential to the security of happiness. … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Preserve Liberty, It Is Essential That the Whole Body of the People Always Possess Arms and…Taught…How To Use Them

“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into … Continue reading

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First Principles: Fear Is the Foundation of Most Governments

“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution … Continue reading

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First Principles: God Helps Them That Help Themselves

“God helps them that help themselves.” – Benjamin Fanklin, in Poor Richard’s Alamanack    

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First Principles: All of Mankind Are Equally Bound By the Laws of the Creator To Do No Injury To Our Neighbors

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator. They are imprinted by the finger of God on the heart of man. Thou … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is A Just God Who Presides Over the Destinies of Nations

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations … who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is By Rendering Justice To Other Nations That We Can Expect It From Them

“It is by rendering justice to other nations that we can expect it from them.” – James Monroe (1823) Annual Message to Congress      

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