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First Principles: Education and Free Discussion Cures Ignorance and Bigotry

“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1816        

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First Principles: Interference In Free, Elections Endangers Our Republic

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.”  – John Adams (1797) If … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Obligation To America Ends At Our Death

“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” —John Adams (1808) Forever faithful to this principle, I proudly continue to serve my country even in a civilian status.  This is the way of patriots.  This is my … Continue reading

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First Principles: Virtue Is the Foundation of A Free Constitution

“The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.” – John Adams (1776) A person seems to keep wanting me to say something more than the founders of our republic said.  The choice posed to me is am I … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Government Is For the Common Good of Its Citizens and Not Just one Class or Group

“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Nation Should Promote the Minds and Morals of Its Children

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Experiments In Government Should Be Based On Honesty

“This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1796 What it should never be besides … Continue reading

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First Principles: Children Should Be Educated In The Principles of Freedom

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” –John Adams They aren’t any more.  That’s why so many problems are festering until they reach the surface.  So may of these are based on sheer ignorance of what … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Government Formed On Virtue Leads To the Greatest Happiness

“If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?”  — John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 Thoughts … Continue reading

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First Principles: Trust No Living Man With the Power to Endanger Liberty

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”  – John Adams, in an Oration at Braintree (Spring, 1772)     … Continue reading

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