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First Principles: The Spirit of Encroachment Tends to Consolidate the Powers of All the Departments In One, and Thus to Create…A Real Despotism

“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism.” – George Washington (1796)

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First Principles: Our Obligations To Our Country Never Cease But With Our Lives

“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” – John Adams, letter to Benjamin Rush, 1808

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First Principles: Repeal That Welfare Law, and You Will Soon See A Change In their Manners. Industry Will Increase

“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Constitution Was Made Only For A Moral and Religious People

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” – John Adams

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First Principles: Honor, Justice, and Humanity, Forbid Us Tamely To Surrender That Freedom Which We Received From Our Gallant Ancestors

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honesty Will Be Found On Every Experiment, To Be the Best and Only True Policy; Let Us Then As A Nation Be Just

“Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a Nation be just.” – George Washington (1783)

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First Principles: Without Justice Being Freely, Fully, and Impartially Administered, Neither Our Persons, Nor Our Rights, Nor Our Property, Can Be Protected

“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Will Not Be Denied That Power Is of An Encroaching Nature and That It Ought To Be Effectually Restrained From Passing the Limits Assigned To It

“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” – James Madison (1788)

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First Principles: The Belief In A God All Powerful Wise and Good, Is…Essential To the Moral Order of the World

“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted … Continue reading

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First Principles: When We Are Planning For Posterity, We Ought To Remember That 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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