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Self Reliance

By Ralph Waldo Emerson Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him falls early or too late. Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. –Epilogue to [...]

Civil Disobedience

By Henry David Thoreau I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe–”That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for [...]

Common Sense

By Thomas Paine Of the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by [...]

Additional Amendments of the Constitution – Full Text

Some of these Admendments should be repealed. Study the orginal Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and other significant writings by the Founding Fathers. Hint: The intent was to create a Republic, not a Democracy.

The Bill of Rights – Full Text

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II A well regulated militia, being necessary [...]

The Constitution of the United States of America (1787) – Full Text

Preamble 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 libertyto ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article I Section [...]

The Declaration of Independence (1776) – Full Text

By Thoms Jefferson IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal [...]