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First Principles: Power Is of An Encroaching Nature That Must Be Restrained

“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” – James Madison (1788)      

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First Principles: The Ways and Means Needed By Our Government Must Equal Appropriations Hand In Hand

“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 (1790) … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Judiciary Branch Does Not Decide Constitutionality of Laws Solely Nor Fully Independent of the Executive and Legislative Branches

“The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make … Continue reading

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First Principles: Peace Is Better Than War; War Is Better than Tribute

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” – James Madison (1816)      

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First Principles: States and Their Militias Serve A Powerful Check To the Ambition and Power of the Federal Government

“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier … Continue reading

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First Principles: Laws Should Be Few; Fixed and Easy To Understand

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws … undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess … Continue reading

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First Principles: Racism Has No Proper Place Except An Oppressive Error To Be Learned About From History

“We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man.” – James Madison (1787)    

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First Principles: Division Is Naturally Sown Among Mankind

“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 10 (1787)    

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First Principles: The Aim of Every Constitution Should Be To Obtain Governance By the Wise and Virtuous

“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)     … Continue reading

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First Principles: Power’s Encroaching Nature Must Be Restrained

“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” – James Madison, in Federalist 48    

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