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First Principles: The Private Character Serves to Instruct On Public Persons

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” – Samuel Adams (1775)        

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First Principles: Everyone Has the Right To Worship According To Their Conscience

“As neither reason requires, nor religion permits the contrary, every man living in or out of a state of civil society, has a right peaceably and quietly to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.” –Samuel Adams, A … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Freedom Is God Given and Cannot Be Given Up

“If men … give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Vote Is A Solemn Duty To God and Country

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he … Continue reading

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First Principles: Diffusion of Knowledge and Virtue Secures Our Liberty

“If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.” – Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1779        

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First Principles: The Constitution Should Never Be Construed To Infringe On Our Rights

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their … Continue reading

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First Principles: Gratitude Prepares Our Hearts For Further Blessings

“And I do recommend that together with our Thanksgiving, humble Prayer may be offered to God, that we may be enabled, by the subsequent obedience of our Hearts and Manners, to testify the sincerity of our professions of Gratitude, in … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right to Vote Is A Solemn Trust

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he … Continue reading

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First Principles: Neither the Constitution Nor Law Protects A Corrupt People

“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” –Samuel Adams (1749) How about that, the Founders called out the conditions of today more than we might … Continue reading

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First Principles: Leaders In Our Nation Must Have Good Character

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” —Samuel Adams (1775)        

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