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Thought For the Day: Better To Be Politically Dead Than Hypocritically Immortalized

“I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.” – Davy Crockett, frontiersman, soldier, and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Independence Requires That We Not Be Beholden To Any Foreign Power

“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)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Noble Inheritance of America Should Be Taught, Guarded and Only Wisely Improved On

“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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First Principles: Nations Told What To Do Have Independence Yet To Seek

“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)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Each Branch of Government Is Co-Equal In Interpreting the Constitution

“My construction of the constitution is very different from that you quote. It is that each department is truly independent of the others, and has an equal right to decide for itself what is the meaning of the constitution in … Continue reading

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First Principles: Encroachments On Liberty Often Have Small Beginnings

“The people of the U.S. owe their Independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, … Continue reading

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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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