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First Principles: Only A Virtuous People Are Capable of Freedom

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”Benjamin Franklin, Letter to the Abbes Chalut and Arnoux, 1787

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First Principles: Truth Can Stand For 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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First Principles: The Fairest Fruit of Liberty Are the Security of the Rule of Law and Our Rights

What is the fairest fruit of the English Tree of Liberty? The security of our rights and of the law, and that no man shall be brought to trial where there is a prejudice against him. 7 more words

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First Principles: The Republican Form of Government Is the Only Form of Government Not At War With the Rights of 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, Letter to William Hunter, 1790

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First Principles: The Harder the Conflict With Tyranny, The More Glorious Is the Triumph

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”  — Thomas Paine, American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

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First Principles: Never Abandon Reason

“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. 26 more words

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