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First Principles: Leaders In Our Nation Must Have Good Character

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” —Samuel Adams (1775)        

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Manners – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have previously discussed Emerson as well as his series of famous essays.  It would be of some worth to go back and review this material.  For the time being, I would like to recommend the following as a great … Continue reading

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First Principles: Wastefulness and Corruption Sow the Seeds of Our Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” — John Witherspoon (1776) Witherspoon was the only clergy man to sign the Declaration of Independence and ratify the Constitution.  As … Continue reading

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First Principles: Good and Wise Government Is Dependent On Family

“[T]hat important and respectable, though small and sometimes neglected establishment, which is denominated a family…[The family is] the principle of the community; it is that seminary, on which the commonwealth, for its manners as well as its numbers, must ultimately … Continue reading

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First Principles: America’s Foundation Depends On Our Moral Precepts

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.” —Samuel Adams (1779) Our American republic depends at its foundation on the moral precepts on which it … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Importance of Assimilation

“I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners … Continue reading

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First Principles

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” —Samuel Adams (1775) This quote is from Samuel Adams’ letter to … Continue reading

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