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First Principles: National and Individual Happiness Comes From Love of Liberty; Respect For Laws; Habits of Industry; and Practice of Moral and Religious Obligations

“Your love of liberty — your respect for the laws — your habits of industry — and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.” – George Washington (1789)    

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First Principles: All Commercial Policy Should Be Equal and Impartial As We Seek Harmonious, Liberal Trade With All Nations

“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of All Nations To Acknowledge God, Obey His Will, Be Grateful and Humbly Ask His Protection and Favor

“(I)t is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor …” – George Washington, in establishing a day … Continue reading

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First Principles: Despite Humanity’s Imperfections, We Must Take Human Nature As We Find It

“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” – -George Washington, Aug. 15, 1786 (letter to John Jay)      

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First Principles: Depending On the Favor of Another Nation Is Illusory

“There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.” – George Washington (1796)    

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Thoughts On Arlington (Memorial Day 2019)

America has never been so seemingly divided since our Civil War. Thoughts On Arlington by Michael Romani With so many jokes out to rewrite history It really isn’t much of a mystery That our nation barely stands divided With too … Continue reading

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First Principles: Cultivate Peace and Harmony With All Nations By Observing Good Faith and Justice

“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington    

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First Principles: It Is An Object of Primary Importance That Public Opinion Be Enlightened Through Education

“Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington, … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of All Nations To Acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God In Humble Gratitude

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” – George Washington    

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First Principles: A Good Moral Character For Life Is The First Essential of Mankind and Formed By Habits Contracted Early On

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.” – George Washington (1790)    

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