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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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Thought For the Day: Never Give In, Except To Convictions of Honor and Good Sense

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently … Continue reading

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

“The instrument by which it [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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And Suddenly…

And Suddenly…by Michael DoyleAnd suddenly, I was the guy on the floorThe pain in my chestToo difficult to ignoreThe daughters stood thereIn frozen frames of timeBeing brave despite their fearWould daddy live to share another rhyme?Dear Lord, don’t let me … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Strongest Argument For Free Enterprise Is That It Prevents Anybody From Having Too Much Power

“The strongest argument for free enterprise is that it prevents anybody from having too much power. Whether that person is a government official, a trade union official, or a business executive, it forces them to put up or shut up. … Continue reading

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