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First Principles: Good and Wise Government Is Dependent On Family

“[T]hat important and respectable, though small and sometimes neglected establishment, which is denominated a family‚Ķ[The family is] the principle of the community; it is that seminary, on which the commonwealth, for its manners as well as its numbers, must ultimately … Continue reading

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First Principles: Government Is A Necessary Evil At Best

“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: Congress Should Stick To Its 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 Madison … Continue reading

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First Principles: Sustaining Governance Depends On A Broad Base of Support

“The pyramid of government, and a republican government may well receive that beautiful and solid form, should be raised to a dignified altitude: but its foundations must, of consequence, be broad, and strong, and deep.” – James Wilson (1804)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Stability In Government

“Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.”- James Madison … Continue reading

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