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First Principles: The Virtues of Men Are of More Consequence To Society Than Their Abilities

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” – Noah Webster (1788)      

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First Principles: Christianity Must Be the Basis of Government Intended To Secure the Rights and Privileges of A Free People

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the … Continue reading

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First Principles: America Was Meant To Unify In Establishing American English As Our National Language

“NOW is the time, and this the country, in which we may expect changes favorable to language . . . . Let us then seize the present moment, and establish a national language, as well as a national government.” – … Continue reading

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First Principles: Justice, Humanity and Christianity Demand the End of All Slavery

“Justice and humanity require it [the end of slavery] – Christianity commands it. Let every benevolent . . . pray for the glorious period when the last slave who fights for freedom shall be restored to the possession of that … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Government of Unjust Laws Cannot Stand Before An Armed People

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Standing Armies Cannot Impose Unjust Laws When the People Are Sufficiently Armed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Principles and Character Should Be Our Guide In Electing Candidates, Not Religious Denomination

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” – Noah Webster, 1789            

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First Principles: Christianity Introduced The Moral Precepts That Form the Base Of Our Republic

“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles… This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.” “The moral principles and precepts found in the Scriptures ought to … Continue reading

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First Principles – Our Children Should Be Taught Our History

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Language Is the Tie That Binds

“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to … Continue reading

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