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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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First Principles: Human Life From First Stirring In the Womb to Its Close Is Protected By the Common Law

“With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Great Principles of Right and Wrong Are Knowable By All Persons

“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” – Thomas Jefferson (1775)    

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First Principles: Inclinations and Passions Must Yield to Evidentiary Facts

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams (1770)      

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First Principles: The Good Moral Character Needed To Lead A Republic Requires Being Both Learned and Virtuous

“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: Every Patriot Should Work Toward the Harmony of Acting As One Nation

“To restore … harmony … to render us again one people acting as one nation should be the object of every man really a patriot.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)          

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First Principles: The Advantage of Being Armed Is What Gives the People Our Ultimate Authority

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” … Continue reading

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