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First Principles: British Subjects Are To Be Governed Only Agreeable To Laws By Which They Themselves Have In Some Way Consented

“British subjects are to be governed only agreeable to laws by which they themselves have in some way consented.” – Stephen Hopkins, the Greatest Statesman of Rhode Island

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First Principles: Laws That Forbid the Carrying of Arms… Disarm Only Those Who Are Neither Inclined Nor Determined To Commit Crimes

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to … Continue reading

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First Principles: Who Is John Galt? We Are John Galt!

“In planning, forming, and arranging laws, deliberation is always becoming, and always useful.” -James Wilson (1791) Today’s First Principles will be slightly different than usual. I will encourage that you think on what the Father of American Law has stated … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Laws Are Like Cobwebs Which May Catch Small Flies But Let Wasps and Hornets Break Through

“Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” – Jonathan Swift, satirist (30 Nov 1667-1745)

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First Principles: They Define A Republic To Be A Government of Laws and Not of Men

“They define a Republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” – John Adams

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First Principles: It Will Be of Little Avail To the People If the Laws Are So Voluminous That They Cannot Be Read Or So Incoherent That They Cannot Be Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people if the laws are so voluminous that they cannot be read or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – James Madison

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First Principles: I Hope That We Shall Crush In Its Birth the Aristocracy of Our Monied Corporations Which Dare Already To Challenge Our Government To A Trial of Strength and Bid Defiance To the Laws of Our Country

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Nor the Wisest Laws Will Secure the Liberty and Happiness of A People Whose Manners Are Universally Corrupt

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams (1749)

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Thought For the Day: Men Like …James Madison…Hoped Our Constitutional Republic Would Last For Ages, Mitigate the Problems That…Arise…From Political Factions and Prevent Tyranny

“Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our Constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Our Constitution gave only a … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Nor the Wisest Laws Will Secure the Liberty and Happiness of A People Whose Manners Are Universally Corrupt

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams (1749)      

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