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First Principles: Guard With Jealous Attention the Public Liberty. Suspect Every One Who Approaches That Jewel

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry (1788)

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First Principles: Before A Standing Army Can Rule, the People Must Be Disarmed; As They Are In Almost Every Kingdom of Europe

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.” – Noah Webster (1787) When someone tells you that the right to bear arms exists for target practice and hunting, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Instruments By Which the Government Must Act Are Either the Authority of the Laws or Force. If the First Is Destroyed, the Last Must Be Substituted

“The instruments by which [the government] must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Lay It Down As A Fundamental, That Laws, To Be Just, Must Give A Reciprocation of Right; That, Without This, They Are Mere Arbitrary Rules of Conduct, Founded In Force, and Not In Conscience

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on … Continue reading

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First Principles: In Proportion As the Structure of A Government Gives Force In Public Opinion, It Is Essential That Public Opinion Should Be Enlightened

“In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington (1796)

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The Devil Tempts

The Devil Temptsby Michael DoyleThe Devil tempts an overplayed handSomething that even kings understandThere is merit in finding humiliationIt leads us to patience and tolerationEach a step toward our maturationAs we learn to live lives of moderationSomehow…between our grief and … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Force Which Makes For War Does Not Derive Its Strength From the Interested Motives of Evil Men; It Derives Its Strength From the Disinterested Motives of Good Men

“The force which makes for war does not derive its strength from the interested motives of evil men; it derives its strength from the disinterested motives of good men.” -Norman Angell, lecturer, author, MP, and Nobel laureate (1872-1967)

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First Principles: Guard With Jealous Attention the Public Liberty

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry (1788)

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First Principles: Laws, To Be Just, Must Give A Reciprocation of Right;…Without This, They Are Mere Arbitrary Rules of Conduct, Founded In Force

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.” – Thomas Jefferson (1782)

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First Principles: A General Dissolution of Principles and Manners Will More Surely Overthrow the Liberties of America Than the Whole Force of the Common Enemy

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then … Continue reading

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