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First Principles: States Have Rights Within Their Own Orbits

“Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.” — John Dickinson (Delaware … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Art of Government Is In Honestly Doing One’s Duty

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1774), in the Rights of British America

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First Principles: The Constitution Constrains the Government Not the People

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”  – Patrick Henry            

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First Principles: Keeping Its Principles Is Fundamental to Good Government

“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” – Baron de Montesqieu    

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First Principles: A Republic Is the Only Government Not At War With 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 (1790)

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First Principles: Much Wisdom Is Found In Checks and Balances

“It is necessary from the very nature of things that power should be a check to power.” – Baron de Montesquieu        

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First Principles: Power Should Be Restrained

“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.”  – James Madison, in Federalist 48 (1787) To read Federalist 48 in its entirety: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa48.htm   … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Voice of Opposition Should Not Be Silenced

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all … Continue reading

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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…[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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