Tag Archives: The People

Thought For the Day: A Tyranny Can Withstand the People Fighting, But, Won’t Last Long Once They’re Thinking

“A king can stand people fighting but he can’t last long if people start thinking.” – Will Rogers, humorist (4 Nov 1879-1935)      

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First Principles: Laws Should Be Few; Fixed and Easy To Understand

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws … undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Government Should Not Be Allowed To Perpetuate Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)      

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First Principles: Public Opinion Is the Real Sovereign In Free Government

“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” —James Madison (1791)    

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First Principles: Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)      

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First Principle: At Special Times and After Cool, Deliberate Thinking, The Real Voice of the People May Be Known

“It is on great occasions only, and after time has been given for cool and deliberate reflection, that the real voice of the people can be known.” – George Washington, letter to Edward Carrington, 1796      

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Thought of the Day: To Hold That Argument May Be Won By Force Is To Admit the Right To Silence People By Force

“If you admit that to silence your opponent by force is to win an intellectual argument, then you admit the right to silence people by force.” – Hans Eysenck (1916-1997)      

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First Principles: The Corruption of A People Make It Ripe For Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Degeneracy Of Manners and Spirit Will Be the Ruin of Our Republic

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: Neither the Wisest Constitution Or Laws Can Protect A Corrupted People

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams (1749)      

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