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First Principles: A Degeneracy Of Manners and Spirit Will Be the Ruin of Our Republic

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Or Laws Can Protect A Corrupted People

“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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Daily Prompt – Direction

With what seemed just a little bite Tony’s life entered a different direction It wasn’t so much a sudden insight But it a little more than a slight infection The hunger was intense and insatiable It knew no manners and needed … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Private Character Serves to Instruct On Public Persons

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” – Samuel Adams (1775)        

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First Principles: Gratitude Prepares Our Hearts For Further Blessings

“And I do recommend that together with our Thanksgiving, humble Prayer may be offered to God, that we may be enabled, by the subsequent obedience of our Hearts and Manners, to testify the sincerity of our professions of Gratitude, in … Continue reading

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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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