Tag Archives: Self Government

Thought For the Day: This Is the Issue of This Election: Whether We Believe In Our Capacity For Self-Government

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Base All Our Experiments On the Capacity of Mankind For Self-Government

“We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” – James Madison    

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First Principles: We Base All Our Experiments On the Capacity of Mankind For Self-Government

“We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” – James Madison      

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Consent of the Governed

Continuing in a series of poems about the establishment of our republican form of government and life under the rule of law as set out in our constitution: Consent of the Governed by Michael Doyle The standards are set by … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be Aware of the Jealousies That Too Often Frame the Depiction of Political Adversaries

“Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The People Will Find Their Own Right Way To Go

“The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way … Continue reading

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First Principles: Acquiring Knowledge and Wisdom Is Necessary to Self-Government

“Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power, and to withhold from them information without which power is abused.  A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with power which knowledge gives.  A … Continue reading

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