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First Principles: Law Should Have Just and Corresponding Punishment For Disobedience

“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” – Alexander Hamilton (1787)    

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First Principles: True Law Is Certain and Universal On All of Society

“Nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.”  – Benjamin Rush (1788)      

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First Principles: Without Liberty, Law Becomes Oppression; Without Law Liberty Become Licentiousness

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.”  – James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790 An excellent resource with respect to this work … Continue reading

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Above

Rolling on through all these moments of mundanity Realized in all the resplendent lights of our humanity It seems that as it is above it will be the worse below For mortality’s tale is one in which all souls must … Continue reading

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First Principles: Laws Should Be Consistent and Easily Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws … undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess … Continue reading

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First Principles: Gun Control Laws Only Disarm The Law Abiding

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” – Cesare Beccaria This from the quill of one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment Period.  Very little changes … Continue reading

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First Principles: Laws Are Made For Men of Ordinary Understanding

“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: Be Deliberate In Planning and Implementing Laws

“In planning, forming, and arranging laws, deliberation is always becoming, and always useful.” – James Wilson      

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First Principles: Where There Is No Law, There Is No Liberty

“[W]here there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” – Benjamin Rush, 1788       … Continue reading

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First Principles: Useful Law Needs To Be Able To Be Easily Read and Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” –  … Continue reading

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