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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Competency

…seems to be the rarest trait a politician possesses rather than the most common… “No man can be a competent legislator who does not add to an upright intention and a sound judgment a certain degree of knowledge of the subjects on which he is to legislate.” ~  James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 53, […]

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No Exceptions

Here’s the funny thing…the rules apply to you too…. “It merits particular attention in this place, that the laws of the Confederacy, as to the ENUMERATED and LEGITIMATE objects of its jurisdiction, will become the SUPREME LAW of the land; to the observance of which all officers, legislative, executive, and judicial, in each State, will […]

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A United Front

Usually works a million times better than a divided one… “But whatever may be our situation…certain it is, that foreign nations will know and view it exactly as it is; and they will act toward us accordingly. If they see that our national government is efficient and well administered, our trade prudently regulated, our militia […]

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Special

…isn’t part of the deal.  (Sorry.) “Let me ask whether every circumstance is not, on the contrary, strictly conformable to these principles, and scrupulously impartial to the rights and pretensions of every class and description of citizens?  Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives?  Not the rich, more than the poor; not […]

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