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First Principles: Our Government Should Not Be Allowed To Perpetuate Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson (1816)      

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First Principles: The People’s Rights Are Derived From Natural Law Not the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” – Thomas Jefferson (1774)      

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First Principles: The Sum of Government Is to Restrain Mankind From Harming Others and Otherwise Free

“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 … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Ocean of Liberty Is Stormy and Always Has Waves

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” – Thomas Jefferson (1820)        

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First Principles: The Greatest Good We Can Do Our Country Is Heal Division and Be One People

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)    

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First Principles: It Contravenes Classical Liberalism To Transfer Political Opposition To the Person

“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: It Is Wise To Be Indifferent To Those Who Deliberately Choose To Think Badly of You

“With those who wish to think amiss of me, I have learned to be perfectly indifferent; but where I know a mind to be ingenuous, and to need only truth to set it to rights, I cannot be passive.” – … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Foundation of the Constitution Rests On Adhering To the Boundaries of the Tenth Amendment

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ … Continue reading

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First Principles: All Should Be Given Equal and Exact Justice Under the Rule of Law

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)        

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First Principles: Public Money Should Only Be Spent On Well Explained Projects

“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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