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First Principles: Religion and Law Are Twin Sisters

“Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of … Continue reading

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First Principles: American Colonies Had Long Been Stopped From Abolishing Slavery Or Even Limiting It By Great Britain

“…. (A) disposition to abolish slavery prevails in North America, that many of Pennsylvanians have set their slaves at liberty, and that even the Virginia Assembly have petitioned the King for permission to make a law for preventing the importation … Continue reading

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First Principles: Legal Immigrants From All Nations Are Welcome As Long As These Conform To American Laws

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” – Thomas … Continue reading

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First Principles: Federal Law Must Be Equitable To All Parts of Our Nation

“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice … Continue reading

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Questioning Prayers

From time to time, a soul is shaken into questioning things even convictions firmly held. Questioning Prayers by Michael Romani Questioning prayers Questioning the Divine Caught in emotional snares Laid like cerebral landmines Poems to all its owed To dreams … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Branches of Our Government Are Co-Equal

“I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial. But I beg to know upon what principle it can be contended that any one department draws from the Constitution … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Breakdown In the People’s Manners and Spirit Leads To the Destruction of Its Laws and Constitution

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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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: Laws Are Made For Men of Ordinary Understanding To Be Construed By Ordinary Rules of Common Sense

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Understand the Constitution and Law Generally Determine the Intent of the Lawmakers

“The true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers.” – Thomas Jefferson (1808)    

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