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First Principles: Without Virtue We Cannot Secure Our Nation

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure.” – James Madison (1778)        

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Ceremony

The Way of the Gods is one of great ritual Processes of discipline that become habitual The nature of kami is that of complex divinity One that blends the spirit of  balanced ceremony With the worship of ancestors with dexterity … Continue reading

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First Principles: Peace Is Obtained By Being Ready For War

“If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” – George Washington (1793)      

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First Principles: The Fairest Fruit of Liberty Are the Security of the Rule of Law and Our Rights

What is the fairest fruit of the English Tree of Liberty? The security of our rights and of the law, and that no man shall be brought to trial where there is a prejudice against him. – Thomas Erskine (1750-1823) … Continue reading

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First Principles: Rights Cannot Be Secured As Inalienable Without A God

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)     … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Degenerates Into Anarchy Without Subordination to Morality

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Reputation For Weakness Gains Hostility Among Nations, Not Peace

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire … 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 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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