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First Principles: Our Liberties Come Not From Some Parchment But From God

“Our liberties do not come from charters; for these are only the declaration of pre-existing rights. They do not depend on parchments or seals; but come from the King of Kings and the Lord of all the earth.” – John … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honor, Justice and Humanity Makes It Our Duty To Pass Liberty On To Our Children’s Children

“Honor, justice, and humanity, call upon us to hold, and to transmit to our posterity, that liberty which we received from our ancestors. It is not our duty to leave wealth to our children, but it is our duty to … Continue reading

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First Principles: A House Divided Will Not Long Stand

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” – John Dickinson, in The Liberty Song (1768) America needs to take heed of these words and soon.    The Left seems bent to destroying … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Better To Die Free Than Live As Slaves

“With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our … Continue reading

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First Principles: States Have Rights Within Their Own Orbits

“Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.” — John Dickinson (Delaware … Continue reading

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First Principles: In Uniting, We Stand…

Then join in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. – John Dickinson, lyrics from The Liberty Song Most of my life, I have mistakenly believed this phrase as being another part of American history first.  … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Power Of the Nation Belongs To The People

“The power of the people pervading the proposed system, together with the strong confederation of the states, will form an adequate security against every danger that has been apprehended.” – John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788 The Letters of Fabius … Continue reading

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