Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

First Principles: Legal Immigrants Are Welcome To Join American Society and Conform To Our Established Rules

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” —Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

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First Principles: Civilization Teaches Us To Respect The Right For Women To Enjoy Their Natural Equality To Men

“It is civilization alone which replaces women in the enjoyment of their natural equality. That first teaches us to subdue the selfish passions, and to respect those rights in others which we value in ourselves.” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is In the Love of One’s Family That Heartfelt Happiness Is Known

“It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” – Thomas Jefferson    

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First Principles: To Move Even A Step Beyond the Prescribed Powers Of Congress Is to Create Power No Longer Susceptible to Definition

“To take a single step beyond the boundaries specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to definition.” – Thomas Jefferson        

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First Principles: There Has Never Been A Democracy That Did Not Commit Suicide

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams (and that’s why we’re a republic and not a democracy says every right thinking … Continue reading

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In A Question of Liberty

On this second day of Na/GloPoWriMo,  we are invited to explore writing a poem that avoids closure by providing the open end of the question.  I believe that as an invitation to explore a significant question raised by a far … Continue reading

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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: Falseness of the Tongue Leads To That of the Heart

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Bear Arms Is Based On Their Deterrence Against Attack and Infringement

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Wise and Frugal Government Restrains Its Citizens From Harming One Another But Otherwise Leaves Them Free

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has … Continue reading

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