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First Principles: We Came As Equals Into This World and We Shall Leave This World As Equals As Well

“We came equals into this world, and equals shall we go out of it.” – George Mason    

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First Principles: We Must Never Allow Partiality or Extraneous Matters To Interfere With the Electoral Process

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” – John Adams (1797)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Every Master of Slaves Is A Petty Tyrant Bringing Judgment of Heaven On Their Nations

“Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgement of heaven upon a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Judiciary Should Be Independent of the Executive Alone, But, Not Independent of the Nation

“A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.”  -Thomas Jefferson (1820)      

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First Principles: A Judge, Particularly A Supreme Court Justice, Should Be of Particular Merit, Character and Ability

“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or … Continue reading

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First Principles: Truth Can Stand Alone

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”  — Thomas Jefferson, in Notes On Virginia Notes on Virginia may be read online beginning here: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Thomas-Jefferson-Notes-On-The-State-Of-Virginia.pdf   This and other works from our Founding Fathers can … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Better To Be Politically Buried 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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