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First Principles: It Is Essential That Public Opinion 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, Farewell Address, 1796      

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First Principles: Beware of Fake Patriots

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”  – George Washington      

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First Principles: There Is No Greater Duty Than One’s God, Country and Family

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country.” – George Washington, 1783    

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First Principles: The Respect Due the United States Is Lost If It’s Reputation Is of Weakness

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” – George Washington      

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First Principles: Peace Is Obtained By Being Ready For War

“If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” – George Washington (1793)      

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First Principles: Some Assimilation of Culture, Law and Tradition Is Required To Remain One People

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nations Told What To Do Have Independence Yet To Seek

“But if we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” – George Washington (1796)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Have A Reputation for Weakness Destroys A Nation’s Credibility

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” – George Washington, Fifth Annual Message, 1793      

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First Principles: Guard Against the Impostures of False Patriotism

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington (1796)    

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First Principles: National Morality Cannot Prevail When Belief Is Excluded

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality … Continue reading

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