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First Principles: A Reputation For Weakness Gains Hostility Among Nations, Not Peace

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Foundations of Public Policy Must Be Private Morality

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command … Continue reading

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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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First Principles: Foreign Influence Is A Baneful Foe of Republican Government

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is An Indissoluble Union Between Doing Right and Gain

“[T]here exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.” — … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is From God That We Gain Our Intended and Useful Vocations

“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” — George Washington (1790)     … Continue reading

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First Principles: Assimilation Is Best Encouraged

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Way to Modify Government Is Through Amendment

“If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change … Continue reading

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First Principles: Seek Truth Steadily

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” — George Washington        

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Nations To Follow God

“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 (1789)        

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