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First Principles: The More Powerful the Federal Government Grows, the Weaker the State Governments Become

“[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Constitution Forbids the Federal Government From Meddling In the Free Exercise of Faith

“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or … Continue reading

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First Principles: The People Have A Right To Redress Governmental Excess

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people … must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Federal Government Has Definitive Roles

“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments whose powers are more general.”– James Madison This quote is taken from a speech in the House of Representatives … Continue reading

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