Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

First Principles: The Judiciary Is Not Meant To Override the Other Branches

“[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make … Continue reading

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First Principles: Charitable Assistance Is Best Given Locally

“It is a duty certainly to give our sparings to those who want; but to see also that they are faithfully distributed, and duly apportioned to the respective wants of those receivers. And why give through agents whom we know … 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: The Steady Character of Americans Is Our Anchor

“The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor; and notwithstanding the efforts of the papers to disseminate early discontents, I expect that a just, dispassionate and steady conduct, will at length rally to … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Guns Don’t Kill; People Do

“Evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.” — Thomas Jefferson (1791) I’ve been looking for a quippable quote off and on all morning that would suffice to sum up the disgust I have … Continue reading

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First Principles: Almost Everything Worthwhile Takes Time

“We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?” —John Page (1776) shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Immigrants Conforming To Our Nation’s Principles and Laws Are Welcome

“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. That these … Continue reading

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First Principles: Good Government Protects Labor From Injury and Theft

“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 earned. … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Better To Die Free Than Live As Slaves

“With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Greatest Good for Our Country Is Healing and Unity

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801) Interesting sidebar here.. before anyone goes tearing down monuments for Thomas Jefferson, please know this.  He proposed ending … Continue reading

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