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First Principles: Subduing Free Speech Begins the Overthrow of Liberty

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  –  Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy Body and Early Writings        

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Happy Bastille Day!

In remembrance of the assistance France gave to the United States in securing our freedom and that we have been allies and friends since then, I wish the people of France and the lovers and admirers of France, a… Saluting … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Person’s Home Is Their Castle

“One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.”–  James Otis, On the Writs of Assistance (1761)

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First Principles: All Are Created Equal With Inalienable Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”   – Thomas Jefferson Time … Continue reading

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First Principles: Liberty Is Rightfully Constrained By the Rights of Others

“… (R)ightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: On Liberty – John S. Mill

It seems appropriate that as the Fourth of July approaches in the United States that we examine On Liberty.  This is one of the guiding lights of my nation and useful in understanding our noble experiment.  All of our glories and … Continue reading

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Freedom 1776 – 2017

Freedom 1776-2017 by Michael Romani In thinking on America’s revolution In the quest for sweet freedom’s contribution Each man willing to die to be free I confess puzzlement at this mystery That a people who sought so hard for liberty … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Vote For Principle Is Never Lost

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”   – John Quincy Adams  

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First Principles: Public Virtue Does Not Exist Without Private Virtue

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of … Continue reading

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First Principles: Let Us Be A People of Virtue

“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of this country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office … Continue reading

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