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First Principles: Slavery Was Introduced Into United States By England and Prevented From Abolishing It During Colonial Days

“He [King George III] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another … Continue reading

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First Principles: Care of Human Life and Happiness Is the Only Legitimate Object of Good Government

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson (1809)      

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First Principles: Practical Planning Should Occur On A Local Level To Best Meet Local Needs

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” – Thomas Jefferson (1821)    

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First Principles: The Art of Good Government Consists of Honestly Doing One’s Duties

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government … Continue reading

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First Principles: Honest Friendship With All Nations; Entangling Alliances With None

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)    

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First Principles: Legal Immigrants From All Nations Are Welcome As Long As These Conform To American Laws

“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 … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be Leery of Transferring Political Disagreements Into Personal Hatred

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Press Is Impotent When It Abandons Itself To Falsehood

“But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1805)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience In the Design of Ambition

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: The General Principles Behind the Founding of Our Republic Are Christian Principles

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and … Continue reading

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