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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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First Principles: All Men Having Power Ought To Be Distrusted To A Certain Degree

“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” – James Madison (1787)      

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First Principles: A Universal Peace Will Never Exist But In the Imaginations of Visionary Philosophers Or the Breasts of Benevolent Enthusiasts

“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” – James Madison (1792)      

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First Principles: Laws Made By Our Representatives Should Not Be So Voluminous That They Cannot Be Read Or So Incoherent As To Not Be Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – James … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Future of America Is Not In the Constitution But In the Laws of God On Which the Constitution is Founded

“The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.” – James Madison      

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