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« Reply #1100 on: June 04, 2012, 08:41:40 AM »

"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife." --Thomas Jefferson
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« Reply #1101 on: June 06, 2012, 08:41:27 AM »

"If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions." --James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, 1792
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« Reply #1102 on: June 08, 2012, 10:27:58 AM »



"Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants." --Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, 1787
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« Reply #1103 on: June 08, 2012, 12:02:13 PM »

Credits to Wash Post and Steven Hayward at Powerline for covering this.

"Today is the 30th anniversary of Reagan’s famous address in Westminster Hall, London, where he outraged fashionable opinion with his argument that it was Communism that would end up “on the ash heap of history.”

Read it here:  http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2002/06/reagans-westminster-speech

Some video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z4kP0qURm98
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« Reply #1104 on: June 13, 2012, 11:52:44 AM »

"There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises. To say that the United States should be answerable for twenty-five millions of dollars without knowing whether the ways and means can be provided, and without knowing whether those who are to succeed us will think with us on the subject, would be rash and unjustifiable." --James Madison, Speech in Congress, 1790
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« Reply #1105 on: June 14, 2012, 11:07:09 AM »

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, 1824
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« Reply #1106 on: June 15, 2012, 12:21:58 PM »



"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, 1802
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« Reply #1107 on: June 18, 2012, 11:51:25 AM »

"f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them." --Candidus, in the Boston Gazette, 1772
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« Reply #1108 on: June 20, 2012, 09:17:18 AM »


"Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates ... to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them." --John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
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« Reply #1109 on: June 21, 2012, 02:11:08 PM »



"The whole of that Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... t establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." --Albert Gallatin, letter to Alexander Addison, 1789
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« Reply #1110 on: June 22, 2012, 03:01:25 PM »



"There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come." --Peter Muhlenberg, from a Lutheran sermon read at Woodstock, Virginia, 1776
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« Reply #1111 on: June 25, 2012, 08:26:27 AM »

"I have no notion of being hanged for half treason. When a subject draws his sword against his prince, he must cut his way through, if he means afterward to sit down in safety." --Colonel Joseph Reed, to Mr. Pettit, 1775
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« Reply #1112 on: June 27, 2012, 08:55:27 AM »

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book
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« Reply #1113 on: June 28, 2012, 10:06:50 AM »



"Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens." --George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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« Reply #1114 on: June 29, 2012, 09:53:56 AM »

"Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1798
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« Reply #1115 on: July 03, 2012, 10:16:59 AM »

"You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me 'the writer of the Constitution of the United States.' This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands." --James Madison, letter to William Cogswell, 1834
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« Reply #1116 on: July 04, 2012, 11:25:08 AM »

"The deliberate union of so great and various a people in such a place, is without all partiality or prejudice, if not the greatest exertion of human understanding, the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen." --John Adams, quoted in a letter from Rufus King to Theophilus Parsons, 1788
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« Reply #1117 on: July 09, 2012, 10:40:37 AM »

"The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1816
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« Reply #1118 on: July 12, 2012, 12:02:49 PM »

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." --Thomas Paine in The American Crisis, 1776
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« Reply #1119 on: July 13, 2012, 08:34:21 AM »

"The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection." --Benjamin Rush, letter to Price, 1786
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« Reply #1120 on: July 15, 2012, 03:43:49 PM »

"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 arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 1816
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« Reply #1121 on: July 16, 2012, 10:22:01 AM »


"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." --Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

"The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed." --Ronald Reagan
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« Reply #1122 on: July 17, 2012, 05:27:09 AM »

"Wish not so much to live long as to live well." --Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746
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« Reply #1123 on: July 19, 2012, 10:54:37 AM »

"I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were, made for the few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the globe, when they can become freemen in another." --George Washington, draft of First Inaugural Address, 1789
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« Reply #1124 on: July 26, 2012, 06:32:30 AM »

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of." --James Madison, Federalist No. 46, 1788
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« Reply #1125 on: July 27, 2012, 08:55:02 AM »

"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, - who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia." --George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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« Reply #1126 on: July 30, 2012, 09:11:56 AM »

"Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
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« Reply #1127 on: July 31, 2012, 10:41:43 AM »

"A man may, if he know not how to save, keep his nose to the grindstone, and die not wirth a groat at last." --Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1742
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« Reply #1128 on: August 01, 2012, 11:04:06 AM »

"The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. ... How is it possible that children can have any just sense of the sacred obligations of morality or religion if, from their earliest infancy, they learn their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant infidelity to their mothers?" --John Adams, Diary, 1778
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« Reply #1129 on: August 02, 2012, 11:24:18 AM »

"[T]here exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity." --George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789
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« Reply #1130 on: August 04, 2012, 02:07:12 PM »

"The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head." --Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
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« Reply #1131 on: August 06, 2012, 09:04:57 AM »



"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, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, 1781
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« Reply #1132 on: August 20, 2012, 05:38:11 AM »

"How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed
and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally
dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to
preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an
irresistible fate of despotism." --James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying
Convention, 1788
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« Reply #1133 on: August 24, 2012, 07:28:24 AM »

"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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« Reply #1134 on: August 27, 2012, 09:56:22 AM »

"We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth
for honest men to live in." --Thomas Paine, The Crisis, no. 4, 1777
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« Reply #1135 on: August 29, 2012, 11:31:14 AM »

“Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and that, I am sure, is the ultimate and sincere object of us both. We both value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution, not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition to ourselves.” ~Thomas Jefferson


"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

"[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 earned.
This is the sum of good government." --Thomas Jefferson

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« Reply #1136 on: August 30, 2012, 11:27:36 AM »

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"What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part
[the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not
warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue or
enlarge any other power vested in them ... the success of the usurpation will depend
on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to
the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the
people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of
the usurpers." --James Madison, Federalist No. 44, 1788

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« Reply #1137 on: August 30, 2012, 06:26:33 PM »

"...and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers."

Prescient!  Exactly what I took from the Ryan speech.
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« Reply #1138 on: August 31, 2012, 07:59:05 AM »

"But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The
Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds
and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties
and obligations... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and
affections of the people was the real American Revolution." --John Adams, letter to
H. Niles, 1818

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« Reply #1139 on: September 03, 2012, 11:12:51 AM »

"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before
God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which
our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled
by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating
firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with
one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves." --John Dickinson
and Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, 1775

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« Reply #1140 on: September 04, 2012, 09:44:34 AM »

"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."
--Benjamin Franklin

"[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man
will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or
liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system
of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers
of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will,
and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few." --John Adams, An Essay on Man's
Lust for Power, 1763



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« Reply #1141 on: September 05, 2012, 08:49:32 AM »

"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 men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views." --Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781
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« Reply #1142 on: September 10, 2012, 10:42:34 AM »

"If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman's." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Maria Cosway, 1786
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« Reply #1143 on: September 11, 2012, 07:00:53 AM »

"There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage." --John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776
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« Reply #1144 on: September 12, 2012, 06:55:30 AM »

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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« Reply #1145 on: September 13, 2012, 08:24:41 AM »

"The state governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective states, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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« Reply #1146 on: September 14, 2012, 08:32:17 AM »

"My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfil our own engagements. To supply the wants, and be carriers for them all: Being thoroughly convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so." --George Washington, letter to Gouverneur Morris, 1795
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« Reply #1147 on: September 17, 2012, 11:00:57 AM »

Brief • September 17, 2012
The Foundation
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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 America." --preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Constitution Day 2012

The U.S. Constitution
Today, Sept. 17, 2012, marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution at the Philadelphia (Constitution) Convention in 1787. The best way to honor the day might be to read it. It's up to "We the People" to hold our elected representatives accountable for failing to honor their oaths.

Mark Alexander has an extensive archive of columns on the Constitution as it relates to various subjects over the years. Don't miss it!

Essential Liberty

"Monday, Sept. 17, marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the nation's second great founding document, the Constitution that provides Americans with limited government. ... The Constitution was drafted more than 11 years after the Declaration. The United States had won independence but was struggling under the weak Articles of Confederation. The Founding Fathers wanted to draft a document that would provide an effective but carefully limited federal government. Through a series of compromises, they did just that. They designed three branches of government -- legislative, executive and judicial -- that would check each other. If one tried to usurp too much power, the others would have an interest in bringing it back into line. Just as competition brings down prices in economics, competition would tend to keep any particular branch of government from acquiring too much power. ... The Constitution has held up well for more than two centuries, with only occasional modifications (the 27 amendments) through the years. Of course, people used to be a bit more serious about the idea that the Constitution said what it meant and meant what it said. Any 21st-century celebration of the Constitution should take note that the country is no longer keeping faith with its constitutional principles. Today, most 'laws' actually are rules and regulations enacted by bureaucrats in government agencies, not statutes passed by elected lawmakers. Even when Congress does pass legislation, such as the Dodd-Frank financial reform law or Obamacare, lawmakers leave many blanks and expect rule-makers to fill them in. That means the bureaucracy, peopled with federal 'experts,' essentially exists as an unelected fourth branch of government. ... Our constitutional framework of limited government requires a president who will actively use his granted powers but also recognize the strict limits on those powers. After the Constitution was complete, Benjamin Franklin noted that it made the country 'a republic, if you can keep it.' This Constitution Day, let's honor the framers and respect their work by changing America's course -- and returning to our constitutional roots." --Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner


Also see  http://blog.heritage.org/2012/09/14/10-steps-to-save-the-constitution/
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« Reply #1148 on: September 18, 2012, 08:44:12 AM »

"We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties, and history bears witness to the fact that a just nation is trusted on its word when recourse is had to armaments and wars to bridle others." --Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, 1805
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« Reply #1149 on: September 19, 2012, 07:53:14 AM »

"Is it not the glory of the people of America, that whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness." --James Madison, Federalist No. 14, 1787
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