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First Principles: We Must Be Cautious Least Senators Become Citizens of the Capital and Not Their States

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” — George Mason (1788)      

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First Principles: Congress Is Meant To Be Limited With Enumerated Powers

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” — James … Continue reading

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First Principles: To All Persons – Exact and Equal Justice

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)          

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First Principles: Nothing Is More Certain Than That Licentiousness and Corruption Make A People Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Thoughts: America’s Fundamental Principle Amounts To Equal Treatment Under the Law for All Persons

“[I]t is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)        

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First Principles: Justice Is the End of Government and Civil Society

“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Republican Form of Government Is the Only Form of Government Not At War With the Rights of Man

“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”  – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Hunter, 1790    

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First Principles: We Must Not Allow Our Nation To Be In Perpetual Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)        

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First Principles: To Be Respected Be Respectable

“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788      

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First Principles: A Republic Is Defined As Ruled By Laws Not Men

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” – John Adams, Novanglus No. 7, 1775        

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