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First Principles: A People Ignorant and Ill Mannered Will Sink of Their Own Weight

“When People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” – Samuel Adams (1775)    

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First Principles: Persons In High Offices of Public Service Should Have High Moral 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)               … Continue reading

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First Principles: When the Ambitious Come To Power, Only True Patriots Can Save Our Nation

“If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams, revolutionary (27 Sep 1722-1803)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Should Trust In God Not Political Manipulation

“Their arts may be more dangerous than their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.” – Samuel Adams (1776)    

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First Principles: The Virtue of the People Is Our Best Security

“We may look up to armies for defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.” – Samuel Adams, Letter to Joseph Warren, 1775   … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Vote Is To Execute One of the Most Solemn Trusts In Society

“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 Wisest Constitution Or Laws Can Protect A Corrupted People

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams (1749)      

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First Principles: It Takes Industrious Persons With Excellent Moral Principles To Successfully Lead Our Republic

“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: A Virtuous People Cannot Be Subdued

“While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” – Samuel Adams (1779)      

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First Principles: Universal Ignorance and Lack of Virtue Will Sink This Nation Faster Than Any Foreign Invader

“No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own … Continue reading

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