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First Principles: History By Apprising Citizens of the Past Will Enable Them To Judge of the Future; It Will Avail Them of the Experience of Other Times and Other Nations

“History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Rigid Economy of the Public Contributions and Absolute Interdiction of All Useless Expenses Will Go Far Towards Keeping the Government Honest and Unoppressive

“[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)

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First Principles: I Hope That We Shall Crush In Its Birth the Aristocracy of Our Monied Corporations Which Dare Already To Challenge Our Government To A Trial of Strength

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: The Greatest Good We Can Do Our Country Is To Heal Its Party Divisions and Make Them 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: The Press Is Impotent When It Abandons Itself To Falsehood, I Leave It To Others To Restore It To Its Strength, By Recalling It Within the Pale of Truth

“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)

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First Principles: Were We Directed From Washington When To Sow, and When To Reap, We Should Soon Want Bread

“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 Principle of the Constitution Is That of A Separation of Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary Functions, Except In Cases Specified

“The principle of the Constitution is that of a separation of legislative, Executive and Judiciary functions, except in cases specified. If this principle be not expressed in direct terms, it is clearly the spirit of the Constitution, and it ought … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience and Venality, Suffocates the Germ of Virtue, and Prepares Fit Tools For the Designs of Ambition

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, Query 19, 1781

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First Principles: To Take From One…Is To Violate Arbitrarily the First Principle of Association, the Guarantee To Everyone the Free Exercise of…Industry

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Error Alone That Needs the Support of Government. Truth Can Stand By Itself.

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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