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First Principles: It Is Impossible For the Man of Pious Reflection Not To Perceive In It A Finger of That Almighty Hand Which Has Been So Frequently and Signally Extended To Our Relief In the Critical Stages of the Revolution

“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution“ – James … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Great Principles of Right and Wrong Are Legible To Every Reader; To Pursue Them Requires Not the Aid of Many Counselors

“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” – Thomas Jefferson (1775)

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First Principles: To Secure These Rights, Governments Are Instituted Among Mankind, Deriving Their Just Powers From the Consent of the Governed

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – Thomas Jefferson, in The Declaration of Independence

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First Principles: There Is A Degree of Depravity In Mankind Which Requires A Certain Degree of Circumspection and Distrust

“There is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” – James Madison

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First Principles: Sometimes It Is Said That Man Cannot Be Trusted With Government of Himself. Can He, Then, Be Trusted With the Government of Others?

“Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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Thought For the Day: A Man’s Admiration For Absolute Government Is Proportionate To the Contempt He Feels For Those Around Him

“A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.” – Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

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First Principles: Those Who Expect To Reap the Blessings of Freedom, Must, Like Men, Undergo the Fatigues of Supporting It

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine (1777)

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First Principles: A Good Moral Character Is the First Essential In A Man

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.” – George Washington (1790)

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First Principles: Man, When Perfected, Is the Best of Animals, But, When Separated From Law and Justice, He Is the Worst of All

 “For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Wise and Frugal Government… Shall Restrain Men From Injuring One Another (and) Shall Leave Them Otherwise Leave Them Otherwise Free To Regulate Their Own Pursuits of Industry and Improvement

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has … Continue reading

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