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First Principles: The Duty of Judges Is to Interpret and Apply Law and Not To Create Law

“Every prudent and cautious judge … will remember, that his duty and his business is, not to make the law, but to interpret and apply it.” – James Wilson (1742-1798)      

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First Principles: Public Money Should Only Be Spent On Well Explained Projects

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” – Thomas Jefferson (1808)        

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Daily Prompt – Justice

There is a story in prudence, justice and the other sister It’s one to be listened to very well if you care, mister Without prudence there is no justice for any to be had That leaves us with pure mischief … Continue reading

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First Principles: All Slavery Should Be Held In Abhorrence

“Every measure of prudence, therefore, ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. … I have, throughout my whole life, held the practice of slavery in … abhorrence.” – John Adams (1819) The … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Same Prudence Should Be Practiced In the Spending of Private and Public Funds

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1808)          

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First Principles: A Nation Should Use the Same Prudence In Finances As An Individual Would Use

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)      

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First Principles: Don’t Give Up Essential Liberty For Temporary Safety

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1795          

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First Principles: Live Life In Moderation

“Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”  – Benjamin Franklin Prudence in our daily dealings is the way to go.  We must use reason and care without being excessively anxious, of course, to live life … Continue reading

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