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First Principles: To Give Trade A Stable Course, Commercial Policy Should Hold An Equal and Impartial Hand

“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 favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Are Either A United People Or We Are Not

“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Good Moral Character Needed To Lead A Republic Requires Being Both Learned and Virtuous

“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. It is therefore highly important that you should … Continue reading

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First Principles: Arbitrary Power Rises From Liberty Ruined By Licentiousness

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” – George Washington (1753)    

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

“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” – George Washington (1796)    

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First Principles: The Only Straight Course Is To Seek Truth Steadily

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” – George Washington (1795)      

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First Principle: At Special Times and After Cool, Deliberate Thinking, The Real Voice of the People May Be Known

“It is on great occasions only, and after time has been given for cool and deliberate reflection, that the real voice of the people can be known.” – George Washington, letter to Edward Carrington, 1796      

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First Principles: If We Ensure the Goodness of Our Cause and Rely On God, We Will Be Encouraged To Noble Actions

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and … Continue reading

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First Principles: The United States Will Continue Richly Blessed As Long As We Follow God

“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from … Continue reading

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First Principles: No Constitution Can Stand Alone Against Boundless Ambition and Corrupted Morals

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and … no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current … Continue reading

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