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First Principles: If Individuals Be Not Influenced By Moral Principles, It Is In Vain To Look For Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles, it is in vain to look for public virtue.” – James Madison (1789)

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First Principles: The Only Thing Necessary For Evil To Triumph Is For Good Men To Do Nothing

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

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First Principles: Those Who Expect To Reap the Blessings of Freedom, Must, Like Men, Undergo the Fatigues of Supporting It

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine (1777)

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First Principles: A Feeble Executive Implies A Feeble Execution of the Government

“A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.” – Alexander … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honesty Is the First Chapter of the Book of Wisdom

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: Honesty Is the First Chapter In the Book of Wisdom

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: If General Rules Are To Be Maintained At All, It Is Obvious That They Must Be Applied Equally To Every Case Which Satisfies Their Terms

“The only shape in which equality is really connected with justice is this — justice presupposes general rules. If these general rules are to be maintained at all, it is obvious that they must be applied equally to every case … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Manners and Spirit of A People Which Preserve A Republic In Vigor

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: Whatever Anguish of Spirit It Might Cost, I Am Willing To Know the Whole Truth; To Know the Worst and To Provide For It

“Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is Hope That Younger Generations Impressed With the Flame of Liberty Will Sympathize With the Oppressed Wherever Found

“I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast … would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own … Continue reading

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