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First Principles: Man Without Reason Is Like A Ship Without A Rudder

“Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.” — Thomas Jefferson (1822)        

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First Principles: A Nation Should Use the Same Prudence In Finances As An Individual Would Use

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)      

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First Principles: Better to Give Up Everything Than Embrace Dishonor Or Immorality

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you … Continue reading

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First Principles: Experiments In Government Should Be Based On Honesty

“This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1796 What it should never be besides … Continue reading

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First Principles: Never Be Idle

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”  – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha … Continue reading

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First Principles: Charity Should Be Given On A Local Level

“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: Avoiding Fraud, Waste and Abuse Is Paramount to Honest Government

“A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.” — Thomas Jefferson (1823) We can always think of more things to spend money on right?  … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Main Purpose of the Constitution Is To Bind Government From Mischief

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson (1798) If Jefferson had been alive during the Obama Administration in … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honest Persons Find No Pleasure In Coercive Power

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson (1813)  

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First Principles: A Nation Should Avoid Perpetual Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” –Thomas Jefferson      

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