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First Principles: All Tyranny Needs To Gain A Foothold Is For People of Good Conscience To Remain Silent

“We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate…. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson    

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First Principles: Constitutions Act As Restraint On the Hasty Action of the Majority

“Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority.” – William Howard Taft … Continue reading

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First Principles: One Great Object of the Constitution Was To Restrain Majorities From Oppressing Minorities or Encroaching On Their Just Rights

“One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.” – James K. Polk    

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First Principles: Matters of Faith Must Be Left To the Conviction and Conscience of Every Person

“Because we hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, “that religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Interest of the Majority Does Not Set the Standard of Right Or Wrong

“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Nothing Is So Invisible As An Unpleasant Truth

“To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats — we know it not.” – Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)      

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