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First Principles: Public Virtue Cannot Exist In A Nation Without Private, and Public Virtue Is the Only Foundation of Republics

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of … Continue reading

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A Desecration

A Desecrationby Michael DoylePolitics take a backseat to the ConstitutionYet some do not like this resolutionBut that doesn’t make it a wrongIt’s the restoration of where law belongsThere is a value that matters to all of lifeWhere we save the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Foundation of National Morality Must Be Laid In Private Families

“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. … In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years.” – John Adams (1778)

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Thought For the Day: Do You Wish To Rise? Begin By Descending. You Plan A Tower That Will Pierce the Clouds? Lay first the foundation of Humility

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” -St. Augustine (354-430)

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First Principles: When We Assumed the Soldier, We Did Not Lay Aside the Citizen

“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Foundation On Which All Constitutions Are Built Is the Natural Equality of Man

“The foundation on which all [constitutions] are built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every preeminence but that annexed to legal office, and particularly the denial of a preeminence by birth.” – Thomas Jefferson (1784)

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First Principles: The Only Foundation For A Useful Education In A Republic Is To Be Laid On the Foundation of Religion…Without This There Can Be No Virtue

“I proceed … to inquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all of the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of the youth; and here I beg leave … Continue reading

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A Life Lived Publicly

A Life Lived Publiclyby Michael DoyleWe walk through life brisklyThinking thoughts ironicallyAbout a life lived publiclyWhen it cannot be lived privatelyThere are eyes most everywhereAs the cameras blink and others stareIt only works if we live comfortablyWith the feeling we’re … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Only Foundation For A Useful Education In A Republic Is To Be Laid In Religion. Without This There Can Be No Virtue

“[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Religion and Morality Alone, Which Can Establish the Principles Upon Which Freedom Can Securely Stand

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. … Statesmen may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation … Continue reading

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