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Thought For the Day: Government Should Be A Referee, Not An Active Player

“When government — in pursuit of good intentions — tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active … Continue reading

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First Principles: Good Government Knows the Goals of Good Governance and Remains True To Those Aims

“A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained.” – Joseph Story (1833)    

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First Principles: If Mankind Were Angels, There Would Be No Need For Government

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” – James Madison            

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First Principles: The Sum of Good Government Is To Restrain Harm To One Another and Otherwise Leave Citizens Free

“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 … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Corruption of A People Make It 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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Thought For the Day: The Democratic Party Is On the Path To Its Own Destruction

“What is the Democratic party going to be? I am still a Democrat and when I see somebody that really says she is a socialist… If you look at the policies, those are not policies that will be supported very … Continue reading

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First Principles: Choose Economy and Liberty Over Profusion and Servitude

“We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)      

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First Principles: The Necessity of Any Government Is A Misfortune

“It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune.”  – James Madison, 1833      

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First Principles: The More Powerful the Federal Government Grows, the Weaker the State Governments Become

“[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Takes Industrious Persons With Excellent Moral Principles To Successfully Lead Our Republic

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men … Continue reading

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