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First Principles: It Is Unlawful To Take Away the Liberty of Others Simply Through Superior Power

“[I]t is certainly unlawful to make inroads upon others . . . and take away their liberty by no better means than superior power.“ – John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence      

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First Principles: The Corruption of A People Make It Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Even the Best Constitution Will Not Be Effectual For A Corrupted People

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Is More Certain Than That Licentiousness and Corruption Make A People Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Wastefulness and Corruption Sow the Seeds of Our Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” — John Witherspoon (1776) Witherspoon was the only clergy man to sign the Declaration of Independence and ratify the Constitution.  As … Continue reading

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First Principles: Giving Up the Right of Property Delivers the Conscience Into Bondage

“There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” –John Witherspoon, The … Continue reading

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