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First Principles: Laws That Forbid the Carrying of Arms Disarm Only Those Who Are Neither Inclined Nor Determined To Commit Crimes

“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 … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Care of Human Life and Happiness and Not Their Destruction Is the First and Only Object of Good Government

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

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First Principles: The Liberties of Our Nation Are Secured By the Conviction These Are the Gift of 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 the gift of God? That they are not to be … Continue reading

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First Principles: Keep Hope That Light and Liberty Will Continue To Advance

“I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance.” – Thomas Jefferson (1821)    

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First Principles: Give Up the Earth and All It Contains Rather Than Do An Immoral Act

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)      

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First Principles: We Have More Machinery of Government Than Is Necessary and Too Many Parasites Living On the Labor of the Industrious

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” – Thomas Jefferson    

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First Principles: Even Under the Best Forms of Government, Those Entrusted With Power Have Perverted It To Tyranny

“Experience hath shewn, That Even Under the Best Forms of Government, Those Entrusted With Power Have, In Time, and By Slow Operations, Perverted It To Tyranny.”  – Thomas Jefferson Still think Obama understood the Constitutional law he lectured on?   … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience and Venality

“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 Abolition of Slavery Is the Great Object of Desire In Our Early Republic

“The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies, where it was unhappily introduced in their infant state.” – Thomas Jefferson On July 1, 2019, Charlottesville stripped it’s celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birth from its holidays … Continue reading

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First Principles: Once A Republic Is Corrupted, The Only Remedy Is to Remove the Corruption and Restore Its Lost Principles

“When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.” – Thomas Jefferson   … Continue reading

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