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First Principles: A Law’s Propriety Has Be Determined Based On Natural Law

“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.” —  Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 33 (1788) The text of Federalist No. 33 may be read here: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa33.htmContinue reading

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First Principles: Before A Standing Army Can Rule, the People Must Be Disarmed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Republics Are Lost When Flattery Is Favored Over Truth

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is Needed To Curb Taking of Natural Rights

“A people, entering into society, surrender such a part of their natural rights, as shall be necessary for the existence of that society. They are so precious in themselves, that they would never be parted with, did not the preservation … Continue reading

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Government Is At Best A Necessary Evil

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: It is Individuals and Not Government That Solves Problems

“Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.”  – Margaret Mead Have you ever run into a situation where you found … Continue reading

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First Principles: Only Patriots Can Prevent the Ruin of Our Nation

“If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” —Samuel Adams

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First Principles: Good Government Protects Labor From Injury and Theft

“A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Intentional Checks And Balances Are To Guard Against Excess

“What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Peacefully Dissent Is Fundamental To America

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like … Continue reading

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