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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: Useful Law Needs To Be Able To Be Easily Read and Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” –  … Continue reading

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First Principles: Human Institutions Are Prone To Decay

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honest Persons Find No Pleasure In Coercive Power

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson (1813)  

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First Principles: A Nation Should Avoid Perpetual Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” –Thomas Jefferson      

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Thought For the Day: A Government That Loses Control of Finances, Loses Its Destiny

“When the world looks at us today, they see an American government that cannot live within its means. They see an American government that continues to borrow money that will mortgage the future of generations to come. The world knows … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Excessive Taxation Is Little More Than Extortion

“When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.” –President … Continue reading

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First Principles: Government Acts Not Enabled By the Constitution Are Illegal

“[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land.” –John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819 Back in the day, … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Government Formed On Virtue Leads To the Greatest Happiness

“If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?”  — John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 Thoughts … Continue reading

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First Principles: Truth Can Stand Alone

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”  — Thomas Jefferson, in Notes On Virginia Notes on Virginia may be read online beginning here: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Thomas-Jefferson-Notes-On-The-State-Of-Virginia.pdf   This and other works from our Founding Fathers can … Continue reading

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