Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

First Principles: The Precious Blessings of America Need To Be Appreciated

“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”  – Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Monroe, on June 17, 1785 It is too easy to … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dishonesty Poisons the Heart, Soul and Mind

“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785) Fairly self explanatory on a personal level, isn’t it?  And when the media has decided to become propaganda … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Art of Government Is In Honestly Doing One’s Duty

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1774), in the Rights of British America

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First Principles: Be Just Friends and Brave Enemies

“I am ever unwilling that [peace] should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world … Continue reading

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First Principles: Fight Every Tyranny Over the Mind of Man

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson All ideas should be open for discussion in a free market place of ideas.  This is the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Perpetual Public Debt Brings Servitude of the People

“I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Republic Is the Only Government Not At War With Man

“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.” —Thomas Jefferson (1790)

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First Principles: The Spirit of the People Preserves Our Republic’s Vigor

“The mobs of the great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in … Continue reading

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First Principles: Better Too Much Liberty Than Too Little

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Archibald Stuart – 1791)

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First Principles: This Republic Has Freedom of Religion; Not From

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not … Continue reading

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