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First Principles: It Is By Rendering Justice To Other Nations That We Can Expect It From Them

“It is by rendering justice to other nations that we can expect it from them.” – James Monroe (1823) Annual Message to Congress      

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First Principles: A Universal Peace Only Exists In the Imagination of Visionary Philosophers and Breasts of Benevolent Enthusiasts

“A universal peace … 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) Two seemingly contradictory statements.  Yet, we find the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Best Form of Government Is That Which Most Likely Prevents the Greatest Sum of Evil

“The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.” – James Monroe    

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First Principles: In A Representative Republic, the Education of Our Children Must Be of Utmost Importance

“In a representative republic, the education of our children must be of the utmost importance!” – James Monroe      

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First Principles: Liberty of Conscience In All Just Things Makes It Impossible That Government Will Degenerate Into Tyranny

“Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Defense of Oneself and Others Is the Primary Law Of Nature and Cannot Be Abrogated

“The defense of one’s self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law. This principle of defense is not confined merely to the person; it extends to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Human Institutions Are Prone To Decay

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to … Continue reading

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First Principles: Mankind Has A Propensity Toward Despotism

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Precious Blessings of America Need To Be Appreciated

“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”  – Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Monroe, on June 17, 1785 It is too easy to … Continue reading

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