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First Principles: The Powers of the General Government Will Be, and Indeed Must Be, Principally Employed Upon External Objects, Such As War

“The powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce.” – Joseph Story (1833)

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Thought For the Day: Everyone Confesses That Exertion Which Brings Out All the Powers of Body and Mind Is the Best Thing For US

“Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Constitution of the United States Is To Receive A Reasonable Interpretation of Its Language, and Its Powers

“The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Will Soon Degenerate Into An Anarchy, Such An Anarchy That Every Man Will Do What is Right In His Own Own Eyes

“[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Spirit of Encroachment Tends to Consolidate the Powers of All the Departments In One, and Thus to Create…A Real Despotism

“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism.” – George Washington (1796)

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First Principles: The Propriety of A Law, In A Constitutional Light, Must Always Be Determined By the Nature of the Power Upon Which It Is Founded

“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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First Principles: If the Federal Government Should Overpass the Just Bounds of Its Authority and Make A Tyrannical Use of Its powers, the People,…Must Appeal to the Standard They Have Formed

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: There Is No Religion Without Magic Any More Than There is Magic Without At Least A Trace of Religion

“There is no religion without magic any more than there is magic without at least a trace of religion. The notion of a supernature exists only for a humanity which attributes supernatural powers to itself and in return ascribes the … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Men Like …James Madison…Hoped Our Constitutional Republic Would Last For Ages, Mitigate the Problems That…Arise…From Political Factions and Prevent Tyranny

“Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our Constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Our Constitution gave only a … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is No Good Government But That Which is Republican

“There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is “an empire of laws, and not of men.” That, as a republic … Continue reading

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