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First Principles: Our Ways and Means Should Balance Our Promises

“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises.” —James Madison in a … Continue reading

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First Principles: Know the Difference Between Opinions and Facts

“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which, being susceptible of very different glosses, beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” — James Madison (1790)        

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First Principles: For A Government To Be Respected, It Must Be Respectable

“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.” — James Madison, in Federalist 62  

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First Principles: The Accumulation of Power Into Few Hands Leads To Tyranny

“The accumulation of all powers … 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) in Federalist Paper, No. 47 This … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is To Prevent the Encroachment of the Federal Government On Private Rights

“The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: Truest Civility Requires Following God’s Ways

“Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” —James Madison (1785) I won’t sugar coat this one.  The lack of adherence to God’s … Continue reading

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First Principles: Man’s Very Nature Causes Faction

“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 10 (1787) To read our founding fathers’ thoughts on faction please see: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htm    

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First Principles: Limiting Information In A Republic Leads To Ignorance and Failed Government

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Intentional Checks And Balances Are To Guard Against Excess

“What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue … Continue reading

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First Principles: Federal Government Grows In Times of War and Danger

“The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.”   – James Madison   With this in mind, I believe … Continue reading

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