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First Principles: Nothing Impels Regard of Constituents As the Certainty of Participating In Their Burdens

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interests of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” – George Mason … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Militia Consists of the Whole People

“I ask you sir, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.” – George Mason    

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First Principles: Disarming the People Is the Most Effective Means of Enslaving Them

“Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual … Continue reading

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First Principles: Every Master of Slaves Is A Petty Tyrant Bringing Judgment of Heaven On Their Nations

“Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgement of heaven upon a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Must Be Cautious Least Senators Become Citizens of the Capital and Not Their States

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” — George Mason (1788)      

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First Principles: Officials Elected To Washington Tend To Lose Touch With the People

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” — George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788 George Mason more than any … Continue reading

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First Principles: Disarming the People Is the Surest Way To Enslaving Them

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason, Speech During Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788     … Continue reading

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First Principles: Term Limits Compels Consideration of the Governed

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.  – George Mason, Speech … Continue reading

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First Principles: Seeming Misfortunes Are Often Blessings In Disguise

“A few years’ experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings.”  – George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights

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