Tag Archives: The People

First Principles: Useful Law Needs To Be Able To Be Easily Read and Understood

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” –  … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Way to Modify Government Is Through Amendment

“If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change … Continue reading

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First Principles: Don’t Give Up Essential Liberty For Temporary Safety

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1795          

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Brave

This is still the land of the free and the brave No matter how many among us are knaves A land with its allegiance made to freedom Where the people rule, not a kingdom Where we salute the Old Glory … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is To Prevent the Encroachment of the Federal Government On Private Rights

“The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.” … Continue reading

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First Principles: Before A Standing Army Can Rule, the People Must Be Disarmed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Essential To Our Republic To Bear Arms and Know How To Use Them

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them… The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Bear Arms Is Grounded On Opposition To Tyranny

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Freedom Is Kept Through Virtue and Knowledge

“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffus’d among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.”  – Samuel Adams, in a Letter to James Warren (February 12, 1779) That is perhaps the striking oddity of so … Continue reading

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First Principles: Wastefulness and Corruption Sow the Seeds of Our Destruction

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” — John Witherspoon (1776) Witherspoon was the only clergy man to sign the Declaration of Independence and ratify the Constitution.  As … Continue reading

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