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First Principle: At Its Best, Government Is A Necessary Evil; At Its Worse, An Intolerable One

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine    

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First Principles: The Essential Principles Of Our Government Are Equal and Exact Justice To All Whatever Persuasion

“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: All Tyranny Needs To Gain A Foothold Is For People of Good Conscience To Remain Silent

“We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate…. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson    

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Commit Freedom To Memory

Yesterday, December 15, 2019, was Bill of Rights Day!  I was semi-astonished when I didn’t find anyone making reference to this.   I was busily recovering from a long walk without a coat taken on Saturday.   By the way, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Ambition Must Be Made To Counteract Ambition

“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses … Continue reading

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First Principles: Whenever the Pillars of Christianity Are Overthrown, Our Republican Government and All Blessing From It Will Fall With Them

“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness, which mankind now enjoys…Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government – and all blessings which … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Nothing Is So Permanent As A Temporary Government Program

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” – Milton Friedman    

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Thought For the Day: A Bedrock Principle of the First Amendment Is that Government Cannot Prohibit the Free Expression of Ideas That May Be Offensive or Disagreeable

“If there is a bedrock principle of the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” – Justice William J. Brennan (1906-1997)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Future of America Not On the Power of Government, but, On Governing Ourselves In Accordance to the Ten Commandments

“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Constitution Is Wholly Inadequate For the Government of Any Other Than A Moral and Religious People

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams    

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