Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

“Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration was maturely weighed. . . . His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, […]

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Outsider

…tends to mean you actually come from “outside” something… “That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.” –Thomas Jefferson to Horatio Gates, 1798. ME 9:441 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You know what’s interesting? All the people in this particular presidential election cycle positioning themselves as “outsiders”. Wealthy […]

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Equality

…means that the rights AND the responsibilities apply to everyone equally… “But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac H. Tiffany, 04 April 1819 ————– There’s a sickness in America.  It is thoroughly attached like a […]

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Crazy for Country

…or a crazy country, it’s certainly hard to tell these days… “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism… It agitates the Community with ill founded jealousies and […]

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Going Home

…well that’s the theory anyways… “On the same principle, the more multitudinous a representative assembly may be rendered, the more it will partake of the infirmities incident to collective meetings of the people. Ignorance will be the dupe of cunning, and passion the slave of sophistry and declamation…AFTER SECURING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER FOR THE PURPOSES […]

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New Year, New You

…what better time to resolve to make government better… ______________________________________________________________________ A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS … as the basis and foundation of government Section 1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive […]

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Love

…a heart that beats for this nation must also beat for its people… “He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power […]

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What Does It Take

…apparently more than this… “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of […]

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The Show Must Go On

…there’s no business like, well, no business… “Nothing is so embarrassing nor so mischievous in a great assembly as the details of execution. The smallest trifle of that kind occupies as long as the most important act of legislation, and takes place of every thing else.  Let any man recollect, or look over the files […]

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The Art of Negotiation

…might be worth trying before the Art of War… “A zeal for different opinions…have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.  So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual […]

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