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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Wilhelm Tell – Friedrich von Schiller

The legendary date on which Tell shot an apple off the head of his son with an arrow was November 18, 1307   “Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in any truth … Continue reading

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First Principles: Americans Should Always Remember Our Blessings

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The American Scholar – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes throughout modern Western culture, if not elsewhere, important published essays begin their literary life as important speeches.  This is the case with many essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The particular essay we will look at today is The American … Continue reading

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First Principles: Perpetual Public Debt Brings Servitude of the People

“I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and … Continue reading

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Freedom 1776 – 2017

Freedom 1776-2017 by Michael Romani In thinking on America’s revolution In the quest for sweet freedom’s contribution Each man willing to die to be free I confess puzzlement at this mystery That a people who sought so hard for liberty … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Importance of Assimilation

“I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners … Continue reading

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First Principles – Undue Foreign Influence

“But if we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” —George Washington (1796)

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