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First Principles: Congress Is Meant To Be Limited With 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 … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Voice of Reason Is Too Often Drowned Out for Immediate and Immoderate Gains

“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.” – … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be Aware of the Jealousies That Too Often Frame the Depiction of Political Adversaries

“Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Advantage of Being Armed Is What Gives the People Our Ultimate Authority

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” … Continue reading

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First Principles: Justice Is the End of Government and Civil Society

“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Be Respected Be Respectable

“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788      

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First Principles: A Government Should Be Constituted To Control Its Citizens But Also Itself

“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” – … Continue reading

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First Principles: Peace Is Better Than War; War Is Better Than Tribute

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” – James Madison, 1816        

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First Principles: Tyranny and Oppression Will Come To America In the Name of Fighting Some Foreign Enemy

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” -James Madison, fourth US president (16 Mar 1751-1836) Power corrupts, right?  There is no greater time that those in power have … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Aim of Constitutions Is To Obtain Leaders Who Pursue the Common Good of Society

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society.” – James Madison (1788)     … Continue reading

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