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First Principles: 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

“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: 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 Enumerate 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 Right of Freely Examining Public Characters and Measures, and of Free Communication Among the People Thereon… Has Ever Been Justly Deemed the Only Effectual Guardian of Every Other Right

“The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.”– James Madison (1798)

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First Principles: Liberty Is To Faction What Air Is To Fire, An Ailment Without Which It Instantly Expires

“Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires.”– James Madison

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First Principles: The Latent Causes of Faction Are Thus Sown In the Nature of Man

“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” – James Madison (1787)

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First Principles: The Interest of the Man Must Be Connected With the Constitutional Rights of the Place

“The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.” – James Madison (1788)

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First Principles: All Men Having Power Ought To Be Distrusted

“All men having power ought to be distrusted…” – James Madison (1787)

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First Principles: The Right of Freely Examining Public Characters and Measures…Has Ever Been Justly Deemed the Only Effectual Guardian of Every Other Right

“The right of freely examining public characters and measures … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.” – James Madison (1798)

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First Principles: The Accumulation of All Powers, Legislative, Executive and Judiciary, In the Same Hands…May Justly Be Pronounced the Very Definition of Tyranny

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” – James Madison (1788)

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First Principles: Stability In Government Is Essential To National Character and To the Advantages Annexed To It, As Well As To that Repose and Confidence In the Minds of the People

“Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.” – James … Continue reading

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