Tag Archives: The People

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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First Principles: Can the Liberties of A Nation Be Secure When The Conviction That the Liberties Are A Gift From God?

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Liberties Are A Gift From God

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Ultimate Authority Rests With the People Alone

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” … Continue reading

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First Principles: Diffusion of Virtue and Knowledge Is Our Security From Ever Being Enslaved

“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.”  – Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779      

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First Principles: Disarming the People Is the Most Effective Means of Enslaving Them

“Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual … Continue reading

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First Principles: It’s Up To All Americans To Stop the Spread of Principles Counter To Our Civil and Religious Rights

“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people … Continue reading

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