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Thought For the Day: Our Whole Constitutional Heritage Rebels At the Thought of Giving Government the Power To Control Men’s Minds

“If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Root of the Kingdom Is In the State. The Root of the State Is In the Family. The Root of the Family Is In the Person of Its Head.

“The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head.” – Mencius

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Thought For the Day: Every Actual State Is Corrupt. Good Men Must Not Obey Laws Too Well

“Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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First Principles: In the Supposed State of Nature, All Men Are Equally Bound By the Laws of Nature, Or To Speak More Properly, the Laws of the Creator

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” – Samuel Adams

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First Principles: Society In Every State Is A Blessing, But Government, Even In Its Best State, Is But A Necessary Evil

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Is More Essential To the Establishment of Manners In State Than All Persons Employed In Places of Power and Trust Must Be Men of Unexceptional Characters

“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, letter to James Warren, 1775

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First Principles: Without Justice Being Freely, Fully, and Impartially Administered, Neither Our Persons, Nor Our Rights, Nor Our Property, Can Be Protected

“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Everyone Wants To Live At the Expense of the State. They Forget That the State Lives At the Expense of Everyone

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” – Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

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First Principles: Facts Are Stubborn Things

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams (1770)

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