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First Principles: When Legislators Take and Destroy the Property of the People or Reduce the People To Slavery, the People Are Absolved From Further Obedience

“Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Freely Examine Public Persons and Measures and Freely Communicate Is the Only Effectual Guardian of Every Other Right

“The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.”– James Madison (1798)    

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Thought For the Day: Whether Prince or Pauper, All Are Prone To Abuse Power If Not Guided By Love of Truth and Virtue

“Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.” – Jean de la Fontaine, poet and fabulist (8 Jul … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Impels Regard of Constituents As the Certainty of Participating In Their Burdens

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interests of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” – George Mason … Continue reading

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First Principles: Free Government Consists of the Rule of Law and the People Are Party To the Law

“Any government is free to the people under it where the laws rule and the people are a party to the laws.” – William Penn, Frame of Government (1682)    

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Here Am I

The Church is the people.  There is nothing Biblical in the belief that approaching God requires the intercession of any other than Jesus and certainly not priests.  If the Catholic church is going to rise from its present decline, it … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right of the People To Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed

“The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” – James … Continue reading

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First Principles: Liberty Is Not Easily Surrendered Where Knowledge Is Diffused and Virtue Is Preserved

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd.” – Samuel Adams (1775)          

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First Principles: The Constitution Is An Instrument For The People To Restrain the Government

“[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” – Patrick Henry      

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First Principles: Freedom Is More Often Abridged By Gradual and Silent Encroachments Than By Violent and Sudden Usurpations

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – James Madison      

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