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First Principles: Our Liberty Depends On Our Education, Law and Habits and Is Founded On Morality and Religion

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is An Object of Primary Importance That Public Opinion Be Enlightened Through Education

“Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Public Opinion Is the Ruler In Free Governments

“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” – James Madison (1791)      

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First Principles: Public Opinion Is the Real Sovereign In Free Government

“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” —James Madison (1791)    

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First Principles: It Is Essential That Public Opinion Be Enlightened

“In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796      

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First Principles: There Is A Danger In Judges Yielding To the Popular Passions of The Day

“The danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defense of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices … Continue reading

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