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First Principles: Matters of Faith Must Be Left To the Conviction and Conscience of Every Person

“Because we hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, “that religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right of the People To Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed

“The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” – James … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Elective Despotism Is Not the Government Our Revolution Was Fought For

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.” – James Madison (1788)    

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First Principles: Public Opinion Is the Ruler In Free Governments

“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” – James Madison (1791)      

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First Principles: Power Is the Essence of Government and Ever Liable To Abuse

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” – James Madison (1829)      

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First Principles: The Ultimate Authority Rests With the People Alone

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The 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: The Interest of the Majority Does Not Set the Standard of Right Or Wrong

“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it … Continue reading

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First Principles: No Type of Property Is Secure Under Excessive or Inequitable Taxes

“A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” – James Madison (1792)    

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First Principles: Where An Excess of Power Prevails, No Person Is Safe As To Opinion, Person, Faculties or Possessions

“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” – James Madison (1792)        

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First Principles: Justice Is the End of Government and Civil Society Ever Pursued Until Liberty Is Lost

“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 (1788)     … Continue reading

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