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First Principles: The Richest Inheritance Is To Pass On Christianity To Our Family

“I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian Religion. If they had that and I had not given them one shilling … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Unlimited Power To Tax Necessarily Is the Power To Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall (1819)    

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First Principles: No Type of Property Is Secure Under Excessive or Inequitable Taxes

“A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” – James Madison (1792)    

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First Principles: Where An Excess of Power Prevails, No Person Is Safe As To Opinion, Person, Faculties or Possessions

“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” – James Madison (1792)        

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First Principles: Let Us Never Forget That America’s Inheritance Rests On A History of Heroes Struggling For Our Future Generations

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Defense of Oneself and Others Is the Primary Law Of Nature and Cannot Be Abrogated

“The defense of one’s self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law. This principle of defense is not confined merely to the person; it extends to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Soon Degenerates Into the Depths of Such Anarchy That All Moral Virtue Is Extinguished

“Democracy 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 Noble Inheritance of America Should Be Taught, Guarded and Only Wisely Improved On

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial … Continue reading

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First Principles: Self Defense Is A Natural Right

“Self-defence is a part of the law of nature; nor can it be denied the community, even against the king himself.” – John Locke (1632-1704)          

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First Principles: Democracy Degenerates Into Anarchy Without Subordination to Morality

“Democracy 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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