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Thought For the Day: Guns Don’t Kill; People Do

“Evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.” — Thomas Jefferson (1791) I’ve been looking for a quippable quote off and on all morning that would suffice to sum up the disgust I have … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be Just Friends and Brave Enemies

“I am ever unwilling that [peace] should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world … Continue reading

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First Principles: Resist the Tyranny That Would Attempt To Take Inalienable Rights

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual…continue steadfast and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”  – John … Continue reading

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First Principles: Liberty Is Rightfully Constrained By the Rights of Others

“… (R)ightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Freedom of Speech and Thought Are Essential To Our Republic

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  –  George Washington  

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First Principles: The Bosom of America Is Open

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” – George … Continue reading

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First Principles: Resistance To Tyranny Is Everyone’s Duty

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual…Continue steadfast and , with a proper sense of dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which haven gave, an no man ought to take from us.” – John … Continue reading

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First Principles: Giving Up the Right of Property Delivers the Conscience Into Bondage

“There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” –John Witherspoon, The … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Sacred Rights Are Written By the Hand of the Divinity

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and … Continue reading

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First Principles – Truth Stands On Its Own

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781) In today’s society, there are many who start with the underlying proposition … Continue reading

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