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First Principles: If Individuals Be Not Influenced By Moral Principles; It Is In Vain To Look For Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Very Definition of Tyranny Is When All Powers Are Gathered Under One Place

“The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.” – James Madison in The Federalist No. 47      

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In An Argument For Union

In  a further look at American history, let’s take a poetic look at the foundations of federating our republic: In An Argument For Union by Michael Doyle Each of these concerns had the attention Of our Founding Fathers with keen … 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, in The Federalist Papers, … Continue reading

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An Expectancy of Government

A continuing look at American history: An Expectancy of Government by Michael Doyle Approaches as it had been in hesitancy No gave the Constitution great expectancy As a blue print for what had been built To house a people in … Continue reading

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A New Nation Born Pt II

The American story series continues… A New Nation Born Pt II by Michael Doyle In the haphazard wake of 1776 There were so many constructs to fix The ancients had always taught Only a smallish sized republic should be sought … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Safety and Happiness of Society Are the Objects At Which All Political Institutions Aim and To Which All Such Institutions Must Be Sacrificed

“The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.” – James Madison, The Federalist No. 43      

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First Principles: We Have Staked the Future of All Our Political Constitutions On the Capacity of Ourselves To Act According to the Moral Principles of the Ten Commandments of God

“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Aim of Every Constitution Ought Be To Obtain Rule By Those Possessing the Discernment To Pursue Society’s Common Good

“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)    

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First Principles: Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance and A People Who Mean To Be Their Own Governors Must Arm Themselves With the Power Which Knowledge Gives

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” – James Madison      

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