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First Principles: Speak Seldom, On Point and With Expertise

“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.” —George Washington (1787)        

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Thought For the Day: The Right To State the Unpopular Is the Essence of Liberty

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell, writer (1903-1950)              

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Black

Never will I forget that black day of darkest infamy When horror stepped out of the pages of surreality Startling it way across this workaday world of you and me And killing others over a cartoon became our reality Certainly, … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Restriction of Free Speech and Thought Is Dangerous Subversion

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” –  Justice William O. Douglas, The One Un-American Act, Speech to the Author’s Guild Council … Continue reading

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First Principles: Limiting Information In A Republic Leads To Ignorance and Failed Government

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Peacefully Dissent Is Fundamental To America

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Paramount To Distinguish Political and Social Opposition

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred … Continue reading

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First Principles: Fight Every Tyranny Over the Mind of Man

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson All ideas should be open for discussion in a free market place of ideas.  This is the … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Free Thought Protects Against the Rise of Dictatorship

“Freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorships.” —Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) Andrei D. Sakharov was the Russian designer … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Restriction of Free Thought and Speech Is Subversion

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”  – Justice William O. Douglas in The One Un-American Act, Speech to the Author’s Guild … Continue reading

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