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First Principles: The Constitution Is Not Written On Blank Pages

“Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Wilson Nicholas, 1803 Every word in the Constitution either means something of particular intent or … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Energetic Executive Branch Is Good for the Country

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: True Liberty Cannot Exist Without Restraint On the Violent

“Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.” — Fisher Ames (1801) The … Continue reading

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First Principles: Freedom Is Kept Through Virtue and Knowledge

“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffus’d among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.”  – Samuel Adams, in a Letter to James Warren (February 12, 1779) That is perhaps the striking oddity of so … Continue reading

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First Principles: Federal Government Grows In Times of War and Danger

“The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.”   – James Madison   With this in mind, I believe … Continue reading

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First Principles: America Is A Republic Not A Democracy

“Pure democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Voice of Opposition Should Not Be Silenced

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Power Of the Nation Belongs To The People

“The power of the people pervading the proposed system, together with the strong confederation of the states, will form an adequate security against every danger that has been apprehended.” – John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788 The Letters of Fabius … Continue reading

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