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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Nor the Wisest Laws Will Secure Liberty and Happiness of A People Whose Manners Are Universally Corrupt

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams    

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First Principles: Our Republic Is Intended Give Mankind Civil and Religious Liberty

“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” –  Samuel Adams, Speech at the State House, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Liberty Is Not Easily Surrendered Where Knowledge Is Diffused and Virtue Is Preserved

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd.” – Samuel Adams (1775)          

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First Principles: Diffusion of Virtue and Knowledge Is Our Security From Ever Being Enslaved

“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.”  – Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779      

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First Principles: Never Despair In Rekindling The Patriotic Fire

“Nil desperandum, — Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.” — Samuel Adams  

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First Principles: Persons In Places of Public Trust Must Be of Immaculate 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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First Principles: If Persons Leading America Stick To Our Republican Values, Our Nation Will Have A Solid Foundation

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Leaders Should Possess Distinguished 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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First Principles: A Debt of Gratitude Is Owed To All Veterans and Their Families, Especially Wives

“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ … If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Vote Is A Solemn Trust Accountable 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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