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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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First Principles: Reason Is the Guard Against Humanity’s Absurdities

“Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the spot of every wind. With such persons, gullability, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand … Continue reading

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First Principles: Falseness of Tongue Leads To Falseness of Heart

“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)      

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First Principles: The Principle of Association Guarantees Everyone the Right To Free Exercise of Industry and the Right To the Fruit Acquired

“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: The Sum of Good Government Is To Restrain Harm To One Another and Otherwise Leave Citizens 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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